Beto apology over Sissoko challenge

Benfica’s Brazilian midfielder Beto has apologised to Mohamed Sissoko for the flying boot which put the Liverpool star in a Lisbon hospital overnight following the clubs’ Champions League clash.

The Mali international was carried off after just 35 minutes when Beto’s high tackle smashed into his eye.

Sissoko was left behind in a Lisbon hospital as Liverpool flew back to Merseyside straight after the match, nursing their own wounds from a hugely disappointing 1-0 defeat.

The fears are that Sissoko has sustained a serious injury which could rule him out for some time – but a further assessment was to be made today with the hope that the 20 year-old might be able to fly home soon.

Beto said: “My boot caught Sissoko in the face and it opened a big wound around the eye.

“I want to apologise – I did not mean to injure him. It was just a typical 50-50 midfield situation that happens all the time; you have to contest everything.

“It happened, but I did not mean to harm him and I hope he recovers quickly.”

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