Chris Sutton: This Tottenham player should have seen a red card v Chelsea
By Harvey Byrne
Outspoken pundit and former striker Chris Sutton has claimed that Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen should have seen a red card against Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.
The 30-year-old centre-back was booked on the 50-minute mark after putting a late challenge on opposition Blues wing-back Victor Moses.
Many felt that the Belgium international deserved harsher punishment, especially after Gary Cahill saw a red card in the opening season.
One of those would appear to be Sutton, who told in his commentary that Vertonghen endangered the safety of another player and that he was lucky not to leave the pitch.
“Jan Vertonghen’s challenge then was really bad, knee high on Moses. He’s lucky to have escaped with yellow, because he was endangering the safety of another player,” told Sutton, as quoted by the BBC Sport live match blog (Sunday, 5.11pm).
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“He should have seen red.”
Vertonghen is usually considered a strong performer in the Tottenham side and in previous seasons he has built up a fine partnership with club and country teammate Toby Alderweireld at the back.
However, he was unable to prevent Chelsea from running out 2-1 winners on Sunday with two goals from Marcos Alonso cancelling out a Michy Batshuayi own goal.
Tottenham will play against Burnley next Sunday at Wembley and both the club and Vertonghen will be hoping for much better next time around.
In other Tottenham news, Spurs fans slammed the display of this 26-year-old against Chelsea.