Ray Parlour has called Cristian Romero’s reaction to Harry Maguire’s own-goal against Tottenham ‘bang out of order’ and says he would ‘take him out’ if he tried the same against him.
Spurs were beaten 3-2 by the Red Devils on Saturday after a hat-trick from Cristiano Ronaldo which further dented the club’s hopes of reaching the Champions League.
Antonio Conte’s men clawed their way back twice in the encounter but left the Portuguese unmarked from a corner with less than 10 minutes remaining, who headed home a powerful winner.
Tottenham’s second equaliser came when Maguire turned the ball into his own net after stretching to block Sergio Reguilon’s low cross.
Spurs’ Romero had little sympathy for the England international and quickly goaded the defender for his gaffe by celebrating directly in his face.
And former Arsenal man Parlour has now slammed the Argentine’s actions and sent him a warning of what he and his Gunners teammates would have done at the time.
He told talkSPORT: “I think that’s bang out of order. I don’t think I’d do that. I know it’s a big game for both sides but come on.
“I don’t know the situation but you don’t need to do that. Just take the goal and run away and celebrate with your teammates.”
Parlour added: “I’ll be waiting for him in the next game, do him – boff!”
Former Spurs midfielder Jamie O’Hara then said: “You can’t do that these days.”
Parlour responded: “You can take him out though! Go for a tackle and get a yellow card for it. Don’t do it 100 per cent, just take him out.
“I got brought up in an era where you do that – Martin Keown, Tony Adams – they know exactly who’s taking the mickey out of people and they do him.”
O’Hara added: “I was always up for a laugh and having a bit of banter – I like that. But, on the pitch, I think that’s just disrespectful.
“It’s disrespectful to do that on the pitch, and it ended up coming back to bite him anyway because Ronaldo scored the winner.”
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Romero does seem like a brash character and unafraid of letting himself known to opposing players on the pitch.
Maybe he shouldn’t have done that with the situation of the game still in the balance, but Spurs shouldn’t have been in a position where they needed to chase regardless.
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