Austria's Danso Expresses Apology for Mbappe's Broken Nose

Austria's Danso Expresses Apology for Mbappe's Broken Nose
By: Gordon from

Austria's Kevin Danso conveyed a message of sympathy on Tuesday to French striker Kylian Mbappe, who broke his nose in a collision with the defender's shoulder during their Euro 2024 match.

"I wish him a speedy recovery and hope he can swiftly return to the pitch," Danso said regarding the injury sustained during France's 1-0 victory over Austria.

"To French supporters: I apologize that Kylian Mbappe was injured during our duel," added Danso, whose back was turned when Mbappe's face struck his shoulder.

France's 25-year-old talisman was putting on a brave face, even asking social media followers to suggest ideas for a mask that may enable him to play in France's next game against the Netherlands on Friday.

That sparked a flood of memes online.

Mbappe left the field for treatment to his bloodied nose during Monday's match but returned minutes later and sat down on the pitch, prompting boos from Austria fans and a yellow card for unsportsmanlike conduct.

France's football federation said Mbappe was back at the team camp after hospital treatment with no need for immediate surgery, and a mask was being prepared.