Kaboul issues apology to players and fans


Younes Kaboul

Younes Kaboul has issued an apology to the Tottenham Hotspur fans and players after his red card against Newcastle United.

The French defender was shown a straight red card by referee Anthony Taylor for coming head-to-head with Cheik Tiote.

Kaboul told the official site: “I received what I felt was a bad tackle from the player and that’s why I reacted the way I did.

“I know I should not do this and it’s not in my nature.

“I apologise to my team and would like to say sorry to the fans and I hope we will not see that on the pitch again.”

He added: “We showed very good character. It was a hard game and at half-time it was 0-0.

“We wanted to score early in the second half and take control of the game and that’s what we did. The most important thing was to take the three points.”

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  1. Not sure that Kaboul should apologise. Newcastle midfield set out to disrupt spurs by niggles, fouls and plain cheating. Referee didn't do his job. In the face of an incompetent referee, Kaboul has a moment of indiscretion. Redknapp should attack poor refereeing and Newcastle cheating rather than his own hardworking and basically honest player – otherwise every team will use these tactics against spurs.

  2. Is an apology required from Kaboul at all? The reality is that the Newcastle midfield had set out to disrupt Spurs through niggling incidents, spoiling tactics, fouls and plain cheating. The referee allowed this to pass largely unpunished (e.g. Barton’s verbals, the drop ball to the corner flag, Tiote’s continuing fouling and cheating, Smith taking out Bale etc). Kaboul was unfortunate with a momentary lapse, but this was understandable – what is less clear is why Redknapp criticises his own player and colludes in the ref’s mishandling of newcastle’s persistent and consistent cheating.

  3. But Younes, You should have got better satisfaction for your 3 match ban and probably a fine and no win bonuses for 4 games.

    Could you not have landed with the ‘Glasgow Kiss’ and taught him a lesson. Oh well.


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