Ghanaian international Andre Ayew expressed his reaction after receiving a red card during his debut for French Ligue 1 club Le Havre.
The Black Stars captain faced a challenging start as he was sent off shortly after entering the pitch in a match against Nantes at Stade de la Beaujoire – Louis Fonteneau.
Ayew made his debut in the 65th minute, substituting for Loïc Négo. However, just two minutes later, he was shown a red card for a tackle deemed dangerous. This unfortunate incident disrupted Ayew’s hopes for a successful return to France, and he expressed disappointment at starting his Le Havre journey on a negative note.
Reflecting on the red card, Ayew commented, “Yes, it’s true that it’s soccer, it’s soccer. I think that with enough experience, you can take a step back from situations, but I’m pretty calm after seeing the images again.”
Describing the situation on the field, he explained, “In terms of the game, in terms of the action, what I interpret is here he comes, there’s a ball in thirty-fifty-fifty that’s really being played between the two of them. He throws himself, he throws himself before me, I see him throw himself, he’s going to get the ball before me, I lift my foot, trying to hold it back and on the way to land I brush against his shin guard. And that’s it, that was the referee’s decision.”
The 33-year-old, who recently joined Le Havre as a free agent from Nottingham Forest, is likely to face a suspension for multiple games due to the straight red card. Despite the challenging debut, Ayew is determined to bounce back stronger, and Le Havre is relying on his experience to contribute to the team’s success.