Football

Andre Villas-Boas hits back at critics

Lloris was allowed to carry on after receiving treatment  (©GettyImages)
Lloris was allowed to carry on after receiving treatment (©GettyImages).

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has claimed to be "astonished" by the response he had regarding his decision to allow Hugo Lloris to play on, after being knocked unconscious in last weekend's goalless draw with Everton.

The Portuguese boss believes he and his club acted correctly, and in accordance with regulations. However, he doesn't appreciate the comparisons being drawn between this head injury and other sports. 

“I stand by the decision I took and I stand by the decision made by my medical staff. They did everything by the book,” Villas-Boas told BBC Sport.

“A couple of people used this as an opportunity to get some publicity. They have no experience on the pitch of these situations. It is not comparable to NFL or rugby. It is not comparable to (Chelsea goalkeeper) Petr Cech.

"It astonishes me that it is trying to be put in the same mode as these situations.”

The Spurs boss has come into a lot of criticism of late, which has seen members of FIFA and FIFPro, who have all had their say on the topic. 

Despite the manager not blaming Romelu Lukaku for the challenge on his keeper, the 36-year-old does feel the situation could have been easily averted. 

“I don’t want to question Lukaku because he is a good young player,” Villas-Boas added. “But I think he could have jumped over Hugo.”

Remarkably the French captain is back in training and thought to be in contention for Spurs' Europa League face off with Sheriff Tiraspol on Thursday. 

It's not the first time a player has been knocked out and then allowed to carry on this season. Injuries to Lukaku and Robert Huth previously, have failed to cause a stir quite like this. 

Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here: http://gms.to/1a2u3KU

DISCLAIMER: This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Topics:
Football
Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur

Article Comments

Trending

Read more