Tottenham manager defends player over Torres clash

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Andre Villas-Boas has backed his player Jan Vertonghen in the wake of the player's clash with Fernando Torres.

Jose Mourinho launched a scathing attack on Vertonghen following the tie between Tottenham and Chelsea on Saturday afternoon, which saw a running battle between Vertonghen and Torres.

Torres was eventually sent off for gathering a second bookable offence following a tackle on the defender.

Referring to Vertonghen, the Chelsea manager said: "Some foreign players when they come to England still keep their culture and it's a disgrace you do that to a person from your same job.

"I think it's a disgrace."

Torres has been heavily criticised by the media for an apparent scratch on the Belgian's face and waits to hear about any retrospective action from the FA.

Villas-Boas is delighted that people have seen the incident as it allowed people to see that Vertonghen has values.

He told reporters:  "Well I think the incident is pretty clear and people must draw their own conclusions from what they saw.

"What we have with Jan, he is only in his second year and he has become the captain of Spurs as well. He is one of our captains elected by myself and by the club because he has been that type of leader and that type of person for his last years with the national team and with Ajax. So he is a person that we hold high in the team.

"I'm extremely happy that most of the media saw the incident, knows about Jan's values and have decided to draw positive conclusions about him and about his character.

"So that's the end of the matter for us. We believe in the player a lot and we believe he is more than a great player and a great person."

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