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Guus Hiddink takes a tumble during Chelsea v Tottenham melee.

Guus Hiddink takes a tumble during Chelsea v Tottenham melee

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Chelsea’s decisive Premier League match against title contenders Tottenham on Monday night was one of the most ill-tempered games of the season.

Emotions spilled over on several occasions as Tottenham tried desperately to keep themselves in the title race, and Chelsea did their utmost to stop them.

After the final whistle went, a melee ensued as the players and staff made their way towards the tunnel - and poor old Guus Hiddink, who turns 70 in November, took a bad tumble. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).

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The Dutch coach was trying to lead Cesc Fabregas, who was furious after Erik Lamela stood on his hand earlier in the match, away from trouble.

But he found himself down a ditch after the force of the melee caused him to lose his balance.

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Video: Guus Hiddink sent flying during melee

Hiddink emerged unscathed 

Hiddink, according to the Daily Mail, fortunately emerged uninjured after his fall - although it reportedly took stewards several seconds to get the veteran coach back to his feet.

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The report adds that it was an argument between Diego Costa and Tottenham’s substitute goalkeeper Michel Vorm that caused the post-match argument.

Dembele blasted by Carragher

Costa appeared to have his eye gouged by Mousa Dembele at one point during the match and Jamie Carragher, the Sky Sports’ pundit, is convinced the Spurs midfielder will now be banned by the Football Association.

"It is shocking," Carragher said on Monday Night Football. "The man he (Dembele) is up against, Costa, how many times has he been seen doing things like this? That's the end of Dembele's season, there is no doubt about that."

On how Dembele went unpunished, Carragher added: "He can't not have seen that.

"There is no doubt Mark Clattenburg has been lenient and I don't mind officials being lenient in big games. But incidents like that, the linesman is looking straight at it and he froze and has bottled his decision."

Hiddink was in good spirits after the match

Hiddink, meanwhile, didn’t seem to be too affected in his post-match interview with Sky Sports.

The 69-year-old also revealed that he received a phone call from an emotional Claudio Ranieri immediately after the final whistle.

Chelsea Press Conference

"A few minutes after the final whistle, after the judo, I got a call from Ranieri," Hiddink said.

"His voice was trembling a bit. I don't know if he was crying. He said five times thanks."

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