Could Jan Vertonghen face a retrospective ban?

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham fell to their second successive defeat today after losing 2-1 to Liverpool at Wembley.

However, what caught many people’s eyes, including Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino, was the flailing arm of Jan Vertonghen.

In a one-on-one down Tottenham’s left hand side in the second half of the early kick off, a free-kick was given against Firmino as he clipped the heels of Jan Vertonghen, who had swept across to steal the ball.

However, it was the Liverpool striker who remained on the ground, calling for medics to come to his aide.

Upon closer inspection of the replays, it became clear that Vertonghen’s flailing hand had caught Firmino in the face, with one finger poking quite deep into his eye.

The Liverpool forward was forced off the pitch through injury.

Fans have taken to twitter to discuss the incident, with some implying that Vertonghen gouged the Liverpool man on purpose.

Spurs fans will remember Mousa Dembele receiving a lengthy ban for a gouge on Chelsea’s Costa a few years back, and will be hoping that Vertonghen avoids any retrospective action.

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  1. OMG that’s a ban for sure? Can someone look for the Spurs from last year? we seem to have lost them!!! Maybe they are in the new stadium somewhere trying to get it finished?

  2. I really don’t understand why so little has been said about this. At first, it looked like they just got tangled up and a flailing arm or hand caught him (happens often). However, seeing that it was his left hand that reached across and swung at his face, I really can’t believe this isn’t at least being talked about.


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