The Argentine says he never set out to harm the Liverpool striker with the tackle that ended with him landing heavily on the Liverpool striker's ankle, forcing him to be stretchered from field earning Funes Mori a straight red card.
It meant that the Roberto Martinez's team had to play almost all of the second half with 10 men while the defender's suspension from Saturday's FA Cup semi-final hands the manager a selection crisis in central defence with Phil Jagielka out injured.
Martinez said after the 4-0 defeat that Funes Mori's central defensive partner, John Stones, will be assessed today after coming off with an hour gone complaining of stomach cramps.
"I very much regret what happened yesterday," Funes Mori's statement said. "It was never my intention to harm a rival nor my colleagues [by] leaving the field.
"And regarding Divock Origi, I fervently hope it's nothing serious and know that was never my intention to hurt. I ask my apologies (sic) for what happened."
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1 Posted 21/04/2016 at 16:44:39
2 Posted 21/04/2016 at 16:45:11
All that I've heard from them lot all day is how much of an animal Mori is, unbelievable.
They still laud over Suarez now, taking on his every goal at Barca like it's a personal achievement of each one of them kopites.
They bang on like it's the worst they've seen, well news flash, there hero captain Gerrard done much much worse on Campbell, Suarez does worse most weeks and so do many players.
I say well done Mori, kick him harder next time the big girls blouse.
3 Posted 21/04/2016 at 16:46:33
4 Posted 21/04/2016 at 16:50:45
5 Posted 21/04/2016 at 17:01:31
6 Posted 21/04/2016 at 17:17:05
What I do have an issue with is that over the years we have seen some horrific challenges - Kuyt on good old Phil Neville who got up straight away, Suarez who stamped on Mirallas and injured him plus numerous others..... the ref and his linesman couldn't wait to get this one right...
7 Posted 21/04/2016 at 17:17:22
Bad tackle - stupid mistake, but the holier than thou attitude pisses me off. Surely 4-0 and 40 shots is enough to be crowing about, you'd think.
8 Posted 21/04/2016 at 17:20:48
9 Posted 21/04/2016 at 17:22:14
Who remember Suarez's stamp down the back of Distins achilles?
People in Glass houses!!!!!
Liverpool always have had forgetful memories just ask Juventus
10 Posted 21/04/2016 at 17:26:15
11 Posted 21/04/2016 at 17:28:43
They could apologize for forgetting a football match, namely a Merseyside derby was meant to be contested.
No apology though, why would they when they can go and collect the big fat mega wages they are all on.
12 Posted 21/04/2016 at 17:40:06
13 Posted 21/04/2016 at 17:45:52
I agree 100%.
About time we had a bit of nastiness in our challenges.
We have powder puff tacklers in our team apart from a few.
14 Posted 21/04/2016 at 17:52:04
15 Posted 21/04/2016 at 18:02:29
16 Posted 21/04/2016 at 18:05:53
Offended by everything.
17 Posted 21/04/2016 at 18:08:36
I hope Origi recovers fast. And Funes did the right thing by apologising.
The one thing that does wind me up though, is this kissing of the badge. What is that all about? A lot of nonsense that's what it is.
I want to see players leaving everything out on the pitch, that's what makes me happy. Sadly though apart from Robles, no one did that.
18 Posted 21/04/2016 at 18:09:04
It looked accidental more than on purpose and all this without the ref and linesman having the benefit of a action replay unless that headset he was wearing goes to a fourth official watching a TV monitor? I wonder if he would have been so quick to send a player off had it been a RedShite?
19 Posted 21/04/2016 at 18:11:26
On the other hand, it was similar to what I assume was a style of tackle much practiced on Liverpool's training ground, judging by the number of times we have seen it. Had it been done to Gerrard, Souness, Suarez, Kuyt or many others I'd have simply put it in the "well deserved and about time" category.
It's always good to reflect on the hilarious utter disaster that was the end of Gerrard's career - single handedly losing the Premiership, and getting hammered by Stoke in his last match.
20 Posted 21/04/2016 at 18:17:22
I can look at our history and at least its not blighted, we have never been banned from European football, well not for anything that we as a club have done.
Let's have a win over United on Saturday and finish off the season with a few wins.
21 Posted 21/04/2016 at 18:20:25
I do get a little tired of the other lot causing a media storm over every team or player(s) that puts their foot in on one of theirs, it's not as if Mori had pulled a gun on the lad and shot him dead.
Every club has had a player or two who made silly tackles in many games and for them or us to suggest that Mori is some sort of animal is way over the top. The badge kissing was stupid and we've never really liked that sort of thing at Goodison, but please spare me the faux injured party of our neighbours who believe that they invented the game, believe that they are the only club that play the game fairly and believe that they are the only club that matters. Case, Souness, Smith, Yeats, McMahon, Gerrard, et al have all had moments of madness, some more often than others, I can't recall the media getting upset with some of their antics on the pitch, but of course they are followed by millions and can behave in any way they like.
22 Posted 21/04/2016 at 18:36:49
I can't defend FM here, it was malicious and stupid. He needs to pay his dues and then get back to defending.
23 Posted 21/04/2016 at 18:40:50
24 Posted 21/04/2016 at 18:48:25
Funes has played in the white hot River - Boca derbies where the hatred is so intense that it's quite normal for players to try and injure each other. He was probably pissed off with our weak, heartless, spineless show last night and wanted to stir up some passion.
What makes me want to puke is this fucking nauseating holier-than-thou hypocrisy from the rs. Where do they get all this moral outrage from? From their animals like Case, McDermott, Souness, Gerrard, Kuyt, the greasy Greek, Smith etc....? They can fucking do one as far as I'm concerned.
25 Posted 21/04/2016 at 18:54:01
Good to see Stevie Gerrard issue an unreserved apology to Gary Naismith for trying to emasculate him in a derby years ago. Or did I dream that?
26 Posted 21/04/2016 at 19:01:30
What I do think is that he knowingly went in "hard" with a "stomping" tackle.
When you go in that way you know it's dirty. Filthy in fact because if you mis-time your challenge anyone in an honest moment knows that type of tackle can severely injure.
So it wasn't intentional as I think he was late, but the "spirit" of the challenge was premeditated, and therefore indefensible.
If that makes any sense whatsoever...
In short, he knew what he was doing.
I sincerely hope Origi mends very quickly. I don't care at all about the color of his jersey. He never once did anything "dirty". He looks a promising, talented, young kid who plays the game clean and properly. Not caring about a malicious injury on an individual with those character traits is animalistic. Challenges like this should be color-blind in my opinion.
27 Posted 21/04/2016 at 19:10:00
28 Posted 21/04/2016 at 19:22:41
Next time, his same tackle will be successful and we will all love him for it. Anyone out there who ever actually played football will know it's a thin line.
And yes Martinez Out.
29 Posted 21/04/2016 at 19:36:24
I didn't see him kiss the badge. To all those outraged did any of you see him kiss the badge?
30 Posted 21/04/2016 at 19:41:51
Load of fukin puffs. Makes a nice change to see someone showing a bit of aggression and passion.
31 Posted 21/04/2016 at 19:50:11
So what he went in hard and did one of theirs - isn't that what they have done every derby to us? why should we be the ones on the receiving end all the time. I remember that Suarez rake down Distins calf that went totally unpunished and there was no apology or universal condemation for him.
I say well done Ramiro - at least one of the players showed some fight and looked like he cared. and don't give me that rubbish about how we should be above all that - that attitude is why we're where we are now.
32 Posted 21/04/2016 at 19:51:58
It was a good decision by the ref and FM should've just taken his medicine and walked. A fair cop.
I do understand the business with the badge as he seems to be one to wear his heart on his sleeve. I think he was just expressing his frustration to be honest.
These things need to be nipped in the bud though, people'll be biting each other next.
33 Posted 21/04/2016 at 19:56:06
34 Posted 21/04/2016 at 20:11:28
As for the badge kissing bullshit that just compounded it for me. A spineless display by one and all.
And on a side issue please don't let Steven Pienaar onto the pitch again. That was just embarrassing and a sad end to someone who at his best it was a pleasure to watch. Thanks Steven but please take a seat in the stands next time
35 Posted 21/04/2016 at 20:34:03
We need to be brave, bold and strong - all the things you don't associate with Everton at the moment
36 Posted 21/04/2016 at 20:44:54
37 Posted 21/04/2016 at 21:09:21
But seriously, he went in knowing he could hurt someone, knowing he was protected, if he got the ball it would of been okay, but instead he got the planted foot and carried on some lol. could of been really bad but it's not apparently? Linesman mouthed "it's a bad one" and obviously after a few words from the RS it was red.
38 Posted 21/04/2016 at 21:09:22
39 Posted 21/04/2016 at 21:15:56
Most Evertonians agree that Mori's red was deserved and his punishment more than accentuated by the fact he misses a Wembley date and his clubs possible/probable exit from the final barring a miracle turnaround in form. rather ironic meaning that both Manc teams will have kicked us out of semis this season
41 Posted 21/04/2016 at 21:38:42
42 Posted 21/04/2016 at 21:51:22
43 Posted 21/04/2016 at 22:06:39
I've seen it described as high and studs up. It wasn't either, he stepped across to play the ball - I don't think his foot was ever more than about 5 inches off the floor. Origi plays the ball first and Mori is fractionally late. From that point his weight is all on his right foot and is coming down through Origi's ankle.
A red card shouldn't be about the outcome, players get terrible injuries in innocuous incidents. It should be about whether it was intentionally bad or reckless. I don't think it was particularly either.
44 Posted 21/04/2016 at 22:11:41
Carragher and Gerard were dirty fuckers and both got away with murder.
Suarez biting and kicking - did we hear Carragher raving about that.
Yes it was a bad tackle, mistimed but not deliberate as some on here as suggested.
Fair play to him for trying !
45 Posted 21/04/2016 at 22:12:29
46 Posted 21/04/2016 at 22:14:07
P.S. If we appeal the red card he could still play the semi final but we are Everton and we don't do appeals, do we?
47 Posted 21/04/2016 at 22:43:36
48 Posted 21/04/2016 at 22:45:39
50 Posted 21/04/2016 at 22:52:50
51 Posted 21/04/2016 at 23:06:04
I'd have been happier if Mori came out to the blues fans and apologised to us for now missing the Fa cup semi.
I don't care about any apologies to the red shite, as they have enough in there past to apologise til the cows come home, but we'd have to wait forever and a day for that.
52 Posted 21/04/2016 at 23:36:20
53 Posted 21/04/2016 at 23:59:27
54 Posted 22/04/2016 at 04:08:48
People apologizing to them is embarrassing, small time and just compounds our second rate status in this city.
Mori got stuck in, it was no snide Suarez on Distin and Mirallas or a two footed Gerrard battle cry. They love it when they do it to us, they gloat and revel in it ; we bleat, simper and apologise to them.
The media ignore their deads, highlight ours and our whimpering apologies, which just makes it easier next time for a pro red referee to go easy on them and rip out a red card on one of ours at the first opportunity. Pathetic.
55 Posted 22/04/2016 at 06:03:05
He wasn't being deliberately malicious,and he's been doubly punished, with suspension and missing a cup semi final so to use Martinez's words on the match as a whole, let's forget this mat h and move on.
He's apologised, that should be an end to it.
56 Posted 22/04/2016 at 06:12:50
Ramiro plays his football with a typically Argentinian passion, for better or, occasionally, for worse; we shouldn't try to stifle it. I suspect he was pressured into an apology
57 Posted 22/04/2016 at 06:59:49
And iÂ´m glad he did.
58 Posted 22/04/2016 at 07:04:07
Tackles like that isnÂ´t passion, it is mistimed and detrimental to the team. IÂ´m sure he meant well, but I am happy that he apologized for letting his team down. Just not sure if "team" is the proper name for it.
59 Posted 22/04/2016 at 07:16:40
Any worst than Gerrard, Kujt, Souness or Suarez, no and I am sorry Liverpool cannot take the moral high ground after some purely despicable acts.
It was a bad challenge, he let the club down, he apologised - move on.
60 Posted 22/04/2016 at 07:40:52
61 Posted 22/04/2016 at 07:47:06
Ramiro Funes Mori has had death threats over his Merseyside derby foul on Divock Origi, despite saying sorry.
Can only assume such a threat would come from the RS. What short memories that pile of shite have. You all know what I'm on about, so no need to go into detail.
The most hateful, despised bunch of fans to walk this earth.
God how I hate John Houlding. Why couldn't he have just paid the rent money?
62 Posted 22/04/2016 at 07:51:47
63 Posted 22/04/2016 at 07:58:05
64 Posted 22/04/2016 at 08:01:22
65 Posted 22/04/2016 at 08:08:01
I mean, I can cope with the red card issued, but this was not the 'horror challenge' it's being reported as.
Complete over-reaction. It's tough on Origi, but people often walk away from that kind on stamp without any injury. Not trying to justify it...but you will see worse tackles this weekend that will result in no injury and maybe no red card. And certainly no sodding apology!
66 Posted 22/04/2016 at 08:12:06
67 Posted 22/04/2016 at 08:26:58
68 Posted 22/04/2016 at 08:35:32
69 Posted 22/04/2016 at 08:36:37
70 Posted 22/04/2016 at 08:53:28
As others have said, it's about time someone showed some passion and wasn't embarrassed about saying to the world "We are Everton we don't care what you think about us."
I would have done the same thing myself walking off at Mordor with all their fans screaming at me.
71 Posted 22/04/2016 at 09:04:01
Accidental or reckless, players have to take responsibility and their penance. I hope Funes Mori learns from it and Origi makes a full recovery, we move on....
72 Posted 22/04/2016 at 09:16:46
74 Posted 22/04/2016 at 12:07:32
As others have mentioned at least it was a bit of passion.
75 Posted 22/04/2016 at 12:17:52
Only last week Terry McDermott was saying he still has the scar on his hand, from hitting Gary Stanley in the Derby.
It was a bad tackle, but nowhere near as bad as the two by Suarez on Mirallas and Distin in the same game, beggars belief he didn't get sent off for not one but two nasty sly tackles.
I do not agree with the tackle, but to have the red shite bleating on and on about it, is another classic airbrushing by the shower.
76 Posted 22/04/2016 at 12:22:26
He was an even bigger dickhead considering lack of defenders we already had, and pulling on his badge was even more embarrassing.
That said, the phoney outrage from their fans, considering the tackles our players have had off them over the years, really knocks you sick.
77 Posted 22/04/2016 at 12:44:50
He was slightly late and his studs were slightly up and it resulted in a painful and potentially damaging tackle. I thought a yellow might have done. I guess it was an orange card.
Who gives a shite what anyone says. The badge thing was a bit silly but fuck it, he's a young lad in a pumped up atmosphere.
78 Posted 22/04/2016 at 12:49:06
79 Posted 22/04/2016 at 12:50:38
Best post on the thread
80 Posted 22/04/2016 at 14:22:55
They call us bitter.
81 Posted 22/04/2016 at 14:33:00
82 Posted 22/04/2016 at 14:43:56
83 Posted 22/04/2016 at 15:45:54
I for one am glad he told them to do one. They are everything I hate about football. Imagine having them as fans of our wonderful club.
As the song goes " Always the victims..." They've even managed to turn that into a song that is about Hillsborough which it isn't and never was. Especially as we used sing it to them for years before Man U picked up on it and as soon as they picked it up, so did the press and all of a sudden it's a song mocking the Hillsborough victims.
84 Posted 22/04/2016 at 16:03:05
'Houlding purchased the land at Anfield Road from Orrell in 1885 and charged rent to Everton F.C. Orrell owned land next to the ground and planned to build an access road across Houlding's land. The only way to stop this was to rent Orrell's land or buy it. Houlding wanted Everton F.C. to buy his land and Orrell's land by floating the club. If his proposals had been accepted, Houlding would have made a lot of money from the purchase of the land and the club would have been run by a small number of large shareholders
85 Posted 22/04/2016 at 16:11:18
87 Posted 22/04/2016 at 18:12:29
Not to be confused with our own poster of the same name.
88 Posted 22/04/2016 at 18:26:54
90 Posted 22/04/2016 at 18:51:20
I knew it was a dispute over the increase in the rent that saw us move out of Anfield after we won the League, but wasn't sure of the full facts so to speak.
91 Posted 22/04/2016 at 18:53:51
From the Italian for 'clown' - spot on! :D
92 Posted 22/04/2016 at 20:55:28
I can relate to that so well. When I was growing up I had this one wish - to play for Everton just once. It would be a derby game and I would break St. John's leg and be sent off.
Massive respect for Funes Mori from this Evertonian.
93 Posted 23/04/2016 at 00:18:26
94 Posted 23/04/2016 at 04:43:44
What is wrong with Evertonians at the minute, are we all pussies!?
He got stuck in, mis-timed his tacke, kicked the ball away in frustration (plonker) and got sent off. Hardly a jail term scenario Mr. Aldridge you utter moron.
Again the pro Liverpool and anti Everton media all over it like a friggin rash, (red of course). Makes me want to vomit.
Funes Mori is one of us. Passionate, and along with Besic and as with Naysmith we appreciate that.
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