Expelled for a second warning, Etienne Capoue, midfielder of Villarreal, received his red card on the stretcher after being injured on the action of his fault.
No, it was not intoxication! After a foul on Buyako Saka, Etienne Capoue (32) remained on the ground for a long time on Thursday in the semi-final first leg of the Europa League between Arsenal and Villarreal (2-1). A way to avoid taking the second yellow card that the referee was holding to send it off? Not at all. The French midfielder suffered a serious left thigh injury during contact with the Gunners’ twirling winger.
The referee summons the healers, then expels him on the stretcher
After worrying about his state of health and having appealed to the trainers, the Portuguese referee Artur Soares Dias inflicted a second yellow card, then the red one on Capua during his evacuation from the field on the stretcher. At the end of the meeting, Unai Emery gave no news of the French international (7 caps, 1 goal). He simply regretted not having replaced the former Toulousain earlier, under the threat of expulsion.
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“We had a pretty serious game and it’s true that, on the expulsion of Capua, he had a yellow card and we had to make a decision at that time, he admitted. There was a risk of a yellow card. We had a good game, but some details that we should have made the difference on were inconclusive. “
Unmissable since arriving in January
The French midfielder joined Villarreal last January from Watford, relegated to the Championship (English D2). He had spent five and a half years at the English club after two seasons at Tottenham (2013-2015). Since arriving in the Valencia region, Capua has established itself as an essential element of Emery. But his expulsion will make him miss the semi-final return in a week at the Emirates Stadium, the home of Arsenal, hated rival of his former club, Tottenham.