WATCH: Hiddink knocked to floor during Chelsea v Spurs brawl

Date published: Tuesday 3rd May 2016 9:10

Guus Hiddink: Sent tumbling to the ground

Guus Hiddink was knocked to the floor amid a melee following Chelsea’s bad-tempered 2-2 draw with Tottenham at Stamford Bridge.

As the Dutchman headed for the tunnel following the game at Stamford Bridge he appeared to be trying to escort Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

Hiddink’s tumble led to confrontations between, predictably, Diego Costa and Rose with Spurs goalkeeper Michel Vorm also becoming involved.

As the players grappled with each other, Hiddink was helped to his feet by stewards before heading down the tunnel.

The match, which saw nine Tottenham players and three Chelsea players booked, ended Tottenham’s hopes of winning the Premier League title. The visitors to Stamford Bridge had to take all three points to stop Leicester from being crowned champions. However despite taking a 2-0 lead, Chelsea came back to level the scores.

The brawl at full-time was the second of the game, with Mousa Dembele expecting to be charged after appearing to poke the eye of Costa in a melee at the end of the first half.

The mass confrontation began when Danny Rose and Willian faced up to each other, with Mauricio Pochettino coming on to the pitch to intervene.

Costa himself might have seen red for motioning his head towards Jan Vertonghen after the Spurs defender had grabbed his shirt, while Kyle Walker kicked Pedro off the ball and Cesc Fabregas claimed Erik Lamela trod on him.

Hiddink said: “I had to come in between a lot of people.

“There was at the end high emotion and there was a bit of verbal animosity and I tried to come in between and protect a bit.

“Those incidents we must not have, but it happens and at the end let’s calm down.”

Hazard’s most recent Stamford Bridge goals have secured the last two Premier League titles.

His goal on May 3, 2015 against Crystal Palace earned Chelsea the title and, one day short of that anniversary, his strike saw Leicester crowned winners.

Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri called Hiddink to thank Chelsea for their role in handing his team the title.

Hiddink said: “(Ranieri) called and thanked us for what we did, especially the second half, and I congratulated him for being champions.

“His voice was trembling a bit.”

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