Tottenham star takes novel approach to defending

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Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen has been a huge success in the Premier League since his move from Eredivisie giants Ajax last summer.

Becoming a regular fixture at White Hart Lane thanks to a succession of impressive and solid performances, the talented Belgian international is highly-regarded among the Spurs faithful. 

However, during the club's Capital One Cup third-round clash against top-flight rivals Aston Villa at Villa Park on Tuesday evening, the 26-year-old shocked supporters by preventing striker Nicklas Helenius from unleashing a shot at Brad Friedel's goal by, wait for it, pulling the Dane's shorts down in less than subtle fashion inside the penalty area.

Now obviously to everyone watching in disbelief around the stadium this was a clear foul, but, staggeringly, referee Jon Moss evidently decided that no infringement had been committed and let play continue without awarding a penalty kick to the hosts.

The night went from bad to worse for Paul Lambert's men, with Villa eventually losing the tie 4-0 after a brace from Jermain Defoe and additional strikes from Brazilian midfielder Paulinho, who also notched the winner for Andre Villas-Boas' side against newly-promoted Cardiff City on Sunday, and Nacer Chadli. 

Watch the unbelievable footage of Vertonghen's 'tackle' above...

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