Patrick Battiston: I've forgiven Harald Schumacher but don't want to meet him

The former Bordeaux man was knocked unconscious and subsequently went into a coma after colliding with the goalkeeper during the semi-finals of the 1982 World Cup
Patrick Battiston insists that he has forgiven Harald Schumacher over his role in one of the most infamous incidents in World Cup history, but the former France international admits he has no desire to meet with the German.

Battiston was knocked unconscious and later slipped into a coma after colliding with Schumacher during the semi-final showdown between Les Bleus and West Germany at the 1982 World Cup in Spain.

There were claims that then Koln goalkeeper had deliberately thrown himself into his unsuspecting opponent, who had just dragged a shot wide of goal, and the incident still sparks great debate whenever it is brought up - particularly as the alleged offence went completely unpunished.

However, Battiston, speaking ahead of France's friendly against Germany in Bremen on Wednesday evening, insists that he has long since moved on.

"I have forgiven [him]," he told RTL. "But I don't want to speak about it in these circumstances."

Schumacher recently apologised once again for his actions but Battiston revealed that he has no interest in burying the hatchet with the German face to face.

"I do not particularly want to meet him," the former Bordeaux man confessed. "Over time, I realise that people have forever marked him with this. But now it's finished.

"It was [an incident] on the field of play; we'll never know if it was deliberate or not."

The game in Seville finished 3-3 after extra time but West Germany progressed to the final on penalties, with Schumacher playing a key role in his country's shootout success.

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