By Tom Tibble
Moussa Dembele appeared to claw at Diego Costa’s eye in one of a number of flashpoints in Tottenham’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.
With Spurs heading into half-time with a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son, tensions began to boil over in a feisty London derby after one scuffle too many.
Willian began the fracas after he shoved Danny Rose by the touchline following a strong challenge from the England international.
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino looked to immediately quell the flashpoint only to become embroiled in what became a larger melee.
Both sets of benches and players got involved but Dembele and Costa’s tussle went under the radar of the referee, an attack that would have been a certain red card for the Belgian had it not been missed.
The incident drew an array of responses on Twitter, prompting both light-hearted and serious reactions.
I love how Costa grabs the wrong side of his face after Debele scrawls him…😂😂😂https://t.co/uPJrOPUv6s
— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) May 2, 2016
Dembele has blatantly got a holiday booked with Dele Alli. #CHETOT
— COPA90 (@Copa90) May 2, 2016
Disgusted to see Costa's eye assaulting Dembele's fingers there. Suspension awaits.
— Chelsea Youth (@chelseayouth) May 2, 2016
Dembele lucky to be on the pitch after that attempted eye gouge on Costa. Otherwise, first half going to form.
— Owen Gibson (@owen_g) May 2, 2016
Nice from Dembele. Not often you sympathise with Costa
— Oliver Holt (@OllieHolt22) May 2, 2016
Dembele caught gouging Costa in the eyes. There may be trouble ahead for him…
— Darren Lewis (@MirrorDarren) May 2, 2016
— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) May 2, 2016