By Tottenham correspondent Tony Hughes
Danny Murphy has slammed Mauricio Pochettino for setting a bad example to his Tottenham players as tempers flared in a feisty 2-2 draw against Chelsea on Monday night.
Spurs’ faint title hopes were ended as Chelsea came from 2-0 down to level the scores and ensure Leicester were crowned Premier League champions.
There were a series of flashpoints at Stamford Bridge, including melees of players and coaches at half-time and at the final whistle.
Pochettino was heavily involved in both incidents, stepping in to separate Danny Rose and Willian shortly before the interval, and then grappling with his Chelsea counterparts following the final whistle.
In total, nine Spurs players received yellow cards, including four in the final nine minutes as they responded to Eden Hazard’s brilliantly-taken equaliser.
Asked for his verdict on Tottenham’s players afterwards, TV pundit Murphy told the BBC Sport website: “Spurs didn’t lose the title tonight, they played well for large periods. I don’t mind fire in the bellies but the longer the game went on it became a hindrance.
“They were showing too much emotion, even the manager on the sidelines at times. It was an enormous game, it is unacceptable to have nine players booked in one game.”
Goals from Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son gave the visitors a two-goal advantage at the break and although Gary Cahill pulled one back in the second half, the north Londoners were unable to secure the three points needed to stop Leicester winning the title on Monday.
Meanwhile, Mousa Dembele clawed at the eye of Diego Costa in act of temper that could land him with a retrospective three-match ban for violent conduct.