Footage may show Diego Costa biting someone after Chelsea v Tottenham

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Tottenham Hotspur are facing a rough ride from the Football Association after a number of their players lost their heads in Monday's fateful game against Chelsea.

Nine players in white were booked during the 2-2 draw while Mousa Dembele is likely to face a violent conduct charge for an apparent eye gouge on Diego Costa that went unseen by the match officials.

But the Chelsea striker was no angel himself and seemed to take pleasure in extinguishing Tottenham's faint hope of winning the Premier League title.


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Indeed, Costa could be facing a violent conduct charge of his own if the FA take this grainy footage into account, which appears to show him biting someone in the post-match melee.

The Telegraph have suggested that it was Tottenham’s reserve goalkeeper Michel Vorm who was victimised, although the video appears to show Vorm's arm around Costa's neck as well.


Following the 2-2 draw, a riot erupted outside the tunnel after Cesc Fabregas appeared to wind up Spurs left-back Danny Rose. He reacted aggressively and the resulting skirmish even saw Guus Hiddink pushed to the ground, albeit accidently.

Even Mauricio Pochettino got involved at one point, running onto the field to separate Willian and Kyle Walker on the stroke of half-time and could find himself in trouble with the FA. Inevitably, both clubs are likely to be fined for failing to control their players.

Asked if Tottenham had overstepped the mark with their behaviour at Stamford Bridge, Pochettino told reporters: “Maybe yes. We can see in every game in the last few days a lot of things happen. It’s the end of the season and there is emotion, we are human.

“The tension, that Chelsea want to stop Tottenham, shows the respect they have for us. It is a pleasure to play in this intensity. When an opponent plays like this it makes me feel proud. This is football.

“We were all involved today. When you play for the title and play a very big team like Chelsea it is normal to show emotion, but fighting on the pitch is not a good example for both teams."

Hiddink reaction

Hiddink, 67, caused panic when he was knocked into the dugout and appeared to fall quite heavily. Stewards rushed to his aid but it soon became clear that the fall left him unaffected. The Dutchman shrugged off the fall, jokingly suggesting his judo training helped him avoid injury, but he was deadly serious when talking about how events boiled over.

“At the end it was highly emotional, there was a bit of verbal animosity and I tried to come in between and protect a bit and come into the locker room,” said Hiddink. “Everyone was shuffling and dancing.

“I took Fabregas because there were some words in Spanish and I understand Spanish. It was threatening a bit. More people became involved and we shuffled around. If you have done some judo you can fall, so it was not a problem. At the end we calmed down.

“There was a lot at stake for them and for us prestige at stake. It was an emotional game between two big clubs. I had to come in between a lot of people today. Steve (Holland) also got very emotional and I had to get in between a lot of people today.”

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