LONDON — In the 79th minute of Tottenham’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea at White Hart Lane on Saturday, Jan Vertonghen crumpled in a heap after a 50-50 challenge with Fernando Torres.
On first viewing it appeared Chelsea’s Spanish striker had caught the Belgian defender late, leaving referee Mike Dean with no option other than to issue Torres a second yellow card and send him off.
Replays after show that Torres didn’t touch Vertonghen. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho wasn’t happy and brandished Vertonghen a cheat.
“I think in this situation, the referee is not guilty, the player is guilty,” Mourinho said. “Because if nobody touches me and in this moment, I fall, it is not your fault, it is my fault because I fall. So, I think the referee went in the trust when he saw, I think it was Vertonghen. When he pretends that Fernando had a big contact on…
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