Standard Liege players Axel Witsel and Steven Defour have received anonymous death threats in the wake of Sunday's 1-1 league draw against Anderlecht, according to a report from Sporza.
Witsel viciously fouled Anderlecht defender Marcin Wasilewski during the game and the latter suffered a broken right leg as a result of the reckless tackle. Wasilewski will miss about a year worth of action due to the injury.
Captain Defour defended his team-mate after the match, claiming that Witsel never had the intention to hurt Wasilewski and that people should not be too harsh on the young Belgian international.
Standard received the death threats by mail and immediately informed the
police about it. The threats supposedly come from angry Anderlecht and
Poland fans, who are furious with the duo following Sunday's events.
The houses of both players are under police protection at the moment.
In the meantime, the Belgian football federation has placed Witsel under investigation for his actions. The Belgium international could be suspended for several months.
Stefan Coerts, Goal.com