Hearts were in mouths when Angelo Ogbonna slumped to the turf during West Ham United’s win over Fulham on Saturday night.
West Ham were toiling against their newly-promoted London rivals.
So when key defender Ogbonna went down with what appeared to be a groin injury, West Ham fans feared the worst.
Issa Diop, who has not featured since a torrid pre-season and opening game defeat to Newcastle, was his replacement.
So the trepidation of West Ham fans was understandable.
West Ham legend Gale slams Ogbonna attitude after injury
But what West Ham legend Tony Gale did not understand was Ogbonna’s behaviour as he left the pitch.
Ogbonna was clearly angry and upset.
He went straight past all his teammates, threw his gloves to the floor, ignored Diop and went straight down the tunnel.
Gale was on co-commentary for beIN Sports during the West Ham game.
And he slammed Ogbonna’s attitude.
‘That’s bad attitude from Ogbonna for me,’ Gale said on beIN Sports.
‘I don’t like that at all’
‘I don’t like that at all. I don’t understand that. He’s clearly injured and has to come off. But to not acknowledge the guy coming on and wish him luck is poor.
‘He goes straight down the tunnel, it’s poor, that’s bad attitude for me’.
Gale may have a point about wishing Diop well as he came on.
But he is missing the point here. Ogbonna has been a mainstay of the West Ham defence and a key player as ever for David Moyes during a fine start to the season.
The centre-back clearly knew it was an injury that is going to keep him out.
Gale totally misses the point over Ogbonna disappointment
And his extreme disappointment is not only about potentially missing matches for West Ham.
Ogbonna has recently earned a recall to the Italy team after two years in the wilderness.
And he was once again named in the squad for Italy’s Nations League matches against Poland and Bosnia in the next two weeks.
He will clearly now miss those games. And as he turns 33 this season, who knows when the chance might arise again.
There is nothing wrong with Ogbonna’s attitude.
He is and has been a great servant for West Ham.
Indeed he even selflessly risked his career by playing on for months with a serious knee injury – that required surgery – until the club had a chance to sign a replacement in the January (whufc.com).