By Russell Edge
Newcastle United defender Florian Lejeune has blasted Tottenham striker Harry Kane for the tackle which left him out of action for two months at the start of the season.
The French centre back, a summer signing from La Liga side Eibar, had played just 30 minutes of his competitive debut for the Magpies when he was sliced down by a scissor tackle from the England man on the opening day back in August, during Spurs’ 2-0 win at St James’ Park.
While Kane received just a yellow for the dangerous tackle, Lejeune was forced off injured, and was not seen in action again until October, during the 2-2 draw with Southampton.
Having started every one of the club’s matches since, the defender says that he knows the Premier League is physical but lashed out at Kane for his unnecessary use of force, shockingly revealing that the striker had not even paid him the courtesy of an apology.
Lejeune told Newcastle’s official website: “It (the Premier League) is physical for sure; but sometimes players do silly things too. And I think it was a silly tackle by the player. I didn’t understand it.
“I never received any apology for the tackle. Regardless of the team or player, it is important to punish such tackles.
“Then you see a similar tackle a week later and it is punished by red. But that is football. Do you need to wait until a player breaks a leg to do something about it?”
Lejeune, who now has five appearances for the Magpies, has kept Ciaran Clark out of the starting XI, having started alongside the Republic of Ireland defender at the start of the season, having lined up alongside club captain Jamaal Lascelles in the heart of defence in recent weeks.
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