According to Football.London, Tottenham Hotspur have received an update from UEFA over the red-card shown to Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen during last night’s Champions League group stage victory over Borussia Dortmund.
Last night, Spurs were able to overcome their ‘Wembley hoodoo’ by putting German giants Borussia Dortmund to the sword in a terrific 3-1 win at the national stadium, in their first Champions League outing of the season.
However, Tottenham’s glory night was marred somewhat by the referee’s decision to dismiss experienced centre-back Jan Vertonghen deep into stoppage time after a collision with Dortmund’s Mario Gotze.
Gotze went down on the challenge from the Belgian international after a stray arm connected with the Dortmund player’s face.
There was some confusion over whether the 30 year old, who was already on a yellow card after picking up a booking on the hour mark, had been shown a straight red card for the incident, or whether Vertonghen had simply been given his second booking of the evening.
According to Football.London, UEFA have contacted Tottenham Hotspur today to clarify that Vertonghen was indeed shown a second yellow, and therefore did not receive a straight red for the unfortunate collision.
This means that Vertonghen will only be suspended for one European outing, as opposed to picking up a 3-match ban for a straight red, which would have ruled him out of both games against Real Madrid.
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