Distin tweet points finger at Suarez for almost breaking his ankle in Merseyside derby
13:24 GMT, 31 October 2012
Everton's Sylvain Distin has accused Luis Suarez of almost breaking his ankle with a horrific challenge in Sunday's Merseyside derby.
As the bitter fallout to Sunday's 2-2 derby continue, the 34-year-old French defender was left in agony on the Goodison turf after the Liverpool striker raked his studs down Distin's ankle.
Distin (@sylvaind15tin) posted a message on Twitter late last night which read: 'Thanks for the concern. My ankle is all good considering it could have been broken.'
Nasty tackle: Luis Suarez of Liverpool treads on the ankle of Sylvain Distin during Sunday's Merseyside derby. The Everton defender has posted a furious tweet about the incident
Twitter fury: Distin's tweet about Suarez tackle
Suarez, who had already courted controversy by diving in front of Everton boss David Moyes to celebrate Liverpool's opening goal, appeared to suggest his studs had caught in the turf causing him to catch Distin.
That notion former World Cup referee and Sportsmail columnist Graham Poll described as fanciful.
Poll wrote: 'He (Suarez) was correctly booked – his second 'offence' – in the 71st minute when he showed his bad side by treading on the achilles of Sylvain Distin.
'Suarez indicated his studs had caught in the turf causing the accidental clash. Replays showed no such slip and he was cautioned for the fourth time in the league this season.'
Agony: Distin writhes on the floor as Suarez attempts to console him
Steven Gerrard, who had caused a furious reaction from Everton fans for his post-match comments, has admitted his criticism of the Toffees was over the top as he drew a line under the controversy.
The Liverpool captain was furious after the game and, in the heat of the moment, he said Everton’s tactics were similar to those of Stoke, as he claimed they played a number of long balls.
Yellow peril: Suarez was rightly booked for the tackle by referee Andre Marriner
His frustration stemmed from Liverpool, who tonight host Swansea in the Capital One Cup fourth round, having a last-gasp winner from Luis Suarez wrongly disallowed at Goodison Park and he made a number of inflammatory comments, such as Liverpool were the only team interested in playing football.
However, statistics that were published following the pulsating 2-2 draw showed that Everton enjoyed more possession and significantly out-passed Liverpool, which is why Gerrard has felt the need to issue a retraction.
‘Just to clarify I’ve watched the game again and I’ve seen some of Everton’s matches this season, and what I said in relation to their style of play went too far,’ Gerrard said. ‘I was frustrated by the disallowed goal from Luis when I spoke and also some of the things that have been said about Luis in recent weeks, which haven’t been fair in my opinion.
‘As captain I have a duty to stand up for our players when I feel they are unfairly singled out. But it wasn’t my intention to disrespect Everton or Stoke for that matter and I certainly didn’t intend any disrespect to their manager or players.’
Gerrard was eager to stress that he had no intended to upset the respective managers of Everton and told the Liverpool Echo: ‘I have the utmost respect for David Moyes and Tony Pulis and the job they have done at their respective clubs.
‘My main issue was with the goal that wasn’t given and that Liverpool did not get the three points I felt we deserved in what was a fantastic derby match.’