Dimitri Payet protests his innocence but Cristiano Ronaldo’s mum is having none of it

WEST HAM playmaker Dimitri Payet and Cristiano Ronaldo‘s mum Dolores Aveiro are at war over the West Ham playmaker’s tackle that put the Portuguese skipper out of the Euro 2016 final.

 

Payet made a heavy midfield challenge on the mercurial Real Madrid ace 16 minutes into the first half of Portugal’s 1-0 extra time triumph over hosts France.

 

France’s Dimitri Payet tackles Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo,

 

Ronaldo tried to carry on
The moment that ended Cristiano’s Euro 2016 final as Dimitri Payet thuds into the Portuguese captain with a heavy tackle that put him out of the match

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Portugal’s talisman was forced to limp off, and despite his best efforts to continue, Ronaldo was finally stretchered off in more tears after 24 minutes

 

But Payet insisted: “No, it was a challenge, that’s all, period. I regained the possession and if I hurt him it was not intentional.

 

“It’s not in my nature to be a bad guy on the pitch. There is no question about it.”

 

However, Dolores tweeted a photo of her son in tears along with message that seemed to be a fairly thinly veiled dig at Payet.

 

“I cannot see my son in this way,” she said. “The game is about kicking the ball, not hurting the opponent.”

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