English Premiership

Martinez defends Funes Mori tackle

2016-04-25 20:20
Ramiro Funes Mori (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Everton manager Roberto Martinez has defended the actions of Ramiro Funes Mori, after the Argentine centre-back received a straight red card for a nasty challenge on Liverpool's Divock Origi.

Origi had to be stretchered off in the 55th minute of Wednesday night's clash, and Funes Mori angered Liverpool supporters after grabbing his badge as he left the field of play.

However, Martinez feels the challenge was not as bad as replays suggest, saying the defender merely got caught up in the emotion of the Merseyside derby.

"Ramiro tries to win the ball. That is his intent - he doesn't try to hurt the player," said Martinez.

"It is a mistimed challenge and at that time he gets Divock Origi's ankle. It could have been a yellow card, it could have been a red card. I can understand why the referee gave it.

"Ramiro probably got carried away with the emotion of the derby."

Reflecting on the 4-0 defeat, Martinez admitted it was probably the lowest point of his Everton tenure.

"It doesn't come any worse than that," he added. "Everything that could have gone wrong went wrong.

"The whole chain of events was horrific and it is a showing we need to forget as quickly as we can."

Next up for the Toffees is a crunch clash with Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-finals. However, Martinez will have precious few options in defence, with Funes Mori suspended for the clash and John Stones rated doubtful after being substituted with stomach cramps.


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Saturday, 16 December 2017
Leicester City v Crystal Palace, King Power Stadium 14:30
Stoke City v West Ham United, Bet365 Stadium 17:00
Arsenal v Newcastle United, Emirates Stadium 17:00
Chelsea v Southampton, Stamford Bridge 17:00
Brighton & Hove Albion v Burnley, The American Express Community Stadium 17:00
Watford v Huddersfield Town, Vicarage Road Stadium 17:00
Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur, Etihad Stadium 19:30
Sunday, 17 December 2017
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United, The Hawthorns 16:15
AFC Bournemouth v Liverpool, Vitality Stadium 18:30
Monday, 18 December 2017
Everton v Swansea City, Goodison Park 22:00
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2017/18 season?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.