Dembele explains Costa eye-gouge incident

Date published: Friday 20th May 2016 10:29

Mousa Dembele: Tangles with Diego Costa

Mousa Dembele has explained his attempted eye-gouge on Chelsea striker Diego Costa earlier this month.

The Tottenham man was seen trying to goug the eye of Costa as the north London side’s Premier League title challenge imploded in the 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge.

Tottenham were leading 2-0 as they chased Leicester for the title, but goals from Gary Cahill and Eden Hazard held Mauricio Pochettino’s side to a draw which crowned Leicester unlikely champions.

A number of Tottenham players lost their cool during the match, with referee Mark Clattenburg handing out nine yellow cards to visiting players and 12 in total.

Chelsea and Tottenham received record fines following three charges of failing to control in the game with Chelsea ordered to £375,000 and Spurs handed a £225,000 rebuke for what was their third breach of the rule.

Meanwhile, Dembele, who was hit with a six-game ban, has told Sky Sports that the “emotion” of the game led to him lashing out.

“I think it was just a very emotional game,” he said. “Things happen, and my intention was not to do something bad.

“I’m disappointed about the six-game ban but I know they want to give a message but I will move on.

“Hopefully we can keep the passion but do it better. We can be proud of ourselves and take the positives into next season.”

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