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Demba Ba receives apology from Chinese opponent for horrible accident

(Xinhua)    17:21, July 18, 2016

SHANGHAI, July 18 -- Former Chelsea striker Demba Ba received an apology from his Chinese opponent Sun Xiang for a horrible accident causing his leg to break during a Chinese Super League (CSL) match on Sunday.

In the bad-tempered Shanghai derby, the Senegalese striker tangled with SIPG defender and captain Sun Xiang in the 63rd minute. As the pair fell, Ba's left leg was caught between the turf and his opponent's boot, bending at a sickening angle and snapped below the knee.

The Greenland defeated SIPG 2-1 in a match which saw 10 yellow cards and two red cards and both teams were left with 10 men but Greenland coach Gregorio Manzano said he would rather "lose the match than lose Demba Ba".

On Monday, Sun paid a visit to the 31-year-old former Chelsea striker and apologized to him.

"We shook hands and I told him I was sorry. Demba Ba said 'let the bygone be bygone. Life is just like that'" said Sun, a 34-year-old former Chinese international.

"I truly hope he can recover soon. It was the first time I caused such a bad accident in my whole career and I hope it will be the last," he added.

Ba, who is expected to rest for about eight months and see his top-scoring record (14 goals) snapped, could receive a surgery in France.

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