Rocha accuses Malouda
Defender insists Blues ace should have seen red
Last Updated: March 27, 2010 2:48pm
Rocha is stretchered off
Portsmouth defender Ricardo Rocha has accused Florent Malouda of deliberately hitting him in the face and feels the Chelsea man should have been sent off for the offence.
Rocha was stretchered off during Wednesday's 5-0 defeat to Chelsea after appearing to be caught in the face by an elbow from Malouda.
Former Tottenham man Rocha was taken to hospital with a suspected fractured cheekbone, but it has been discovered he only suffered bad bruising in the incident.
"I think it was a bad one from Malouda," Rocha was quoted as saying in The Sun. "He just hit me and did not try to get the ball.
"The pain was so great I thought something was badly damaged. That is why I went to the hospital.
"These kind of actions are dangerous and it should have been a red card. But he just got a yellow."
Meanwhile, Malouda has protested his innocence and says Rocha had no problem with him after speaking to him at the end of the game.
"I went in their dressing room after the game and Rocha had just come back from the hospital," said Malouda.
"He has not broken anything and it is not as bad as it looked. He said no problem and it is OK.
"When I jumped I was only looking at the ball. I didn't mean to hurt him."