Leeds star's return to international duty almost ends in leg break
By Coral Barry
Liam Bridcutt has been slammed by Denmark’s coach Age Hareide after a horror tackle on Erik Sviatchenko in the second half of Scotland’s 1-0 victory at Hampden Park on Tuesday night.
The Leeds midfielder came on as a substitute in the friendly against Denmark to make his return to the international scene after a three-year absence, but his challenge on Sviatchenko caused an angry reaction from the player and his manager.
Bridcutt escaped with just a booking for his reckless tackle, but was singled out by Hareide after the match who said the Leeds man narrowly avoided ending Sviatchenko’s career.
“It is red card, he could have broken Sviatchenko’s leg, the way he dives in,” Hareide told Scottish TV station STV. “I don’t think he meant to be nasty, I just think he was over eager.
“But it was really bad. I saw television pictures afterwards and it was terrible.
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“He could have taken his leg or his career.”
Sviatchenko is currently trying to help Celtic to their fifth consecutive SPL title, but was completely flattened by the two-footed challenge.
Denmark appealed for a red card, but they were denied by referee Svein Oddvar Moen and Sviatchenko’s club captain and Scotland skipper, Scott Brown was picked up by microphones telling his Celtic teammate to “stop moaning”.
Scotland used the game as an opportunity to give some of their fringe players a chance to impress but Bridcutt’s fellow Whites teammate, Liam Cooper was unlucky to miss out on his debut with the defender unable to make it off the bench.
Sviatchenko also expressed his dismay after the game and said he could not believe that referee Moen did not dismiss Bridcutt for his tackle.
The Celtic defender said: “I was very lucky. It was a horrible tackle. When you see the replay it is unbelievable I didn’t get a serious injury.
“I said to the referee he could have broken my leg. But in a split second he had to make the decision and must have felt he touched the ball first.”
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