Thibaut Courtois ’ sister has apologised for her reaction to Leonardo Spinazzola’s horrific injury during the Euro 2020 semi-final between Belgium and Italy.
Spinazzola had starred for the Azzurri at this summer’s tournament, appearing in all but one of Italy’s games so far.
He had been in the reckoning for the player of the tournament award leading up to Friday night’s quarter-final clash in Munich.
Having once again impressed as the Italians defeated Belgium 2-1, Spinazzola was then tragically hit by a tournament-ending injury.
As the game entered the final 11 minutes, the full-back had to be stretchered off the pitch after pulling up as he ran forward.
The 28-year-old was visibly upset as he left the pitch and underwent tests at Sant’Andrea Hospital in Rome.
After those tests, it was established that he had suffered a subcutaneous rupture of the left Achilles tendon, ruling him out for at least four months.
But not everyone at the Allianz Arena was in the mood to sympathise with the stricken Spinazzola.
Courtois started in goal for Belgium, with his family watching the quarter-final on from the stands in Germany.
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AS Roma star Spinazzola received medical treatment on the pitch for his significant injury, Courtois’ sister Valerie took to Instagram to express her displeasure.
Posting a video through the official Instagram account of her brother, Valerie took a video of the medical staff working on Spinazzola, with the caption “That’s what we call tricks of the trade”.
After it emerged that Spinazzola had in fact suffered a significant injury, Courtois’ sister moved to apologise to the Italian.
“So sorry to find out Spinazzola’s Ec [European Championship] finishes like this,” she wrote on her Instagram account.
“I apologize for my reaction in the moment and I absolutely hope he has a good recovery.”
Spinazzola will have surgery in Finland before his substantial period on the treatment table and will watch the rest of the tournament from the sidelines.
Italy were able to safely see out the rest of the game against Belgium despite coming under massive pressure from Roberto Martinez’s men.
But goals from Nicolo Barella and Lorenzo Insigne in the first-half were enough to put Robeto Mancini’s men into the semi-finals.
Both strikes were impressive, with Barella first wriggling his way past three defenders before drilling the ball past Courtois.
Insigne then scored one of the goals of the tournament when he picked up the ball in midfield before cutting inside and curling in from outside the box.
Romelu Lukaku scored a penalty just before half-time before seeing Spinazzola block his second-half shot on the line to keep the Italians ahead.
Spinazzola will now watch on from his hospital bed when Italy take on Spain in a mouth-watering semi-final at Wembley on Tuesday night.