Tottenham staff forced to restrain Michel Vorm during Chelsea brawl

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Tottenham staff were forced to physically restrain reserve goalkeeper Michel Vorm after he became incensed with the actions of Chelsea players, reports The Mirror.

The Dutch goalkeeper became embroiled in a brawl following Monday evening's 2-2 draw, which saw the Blues snatch away Tottenham's fading hope of winning the Premier League.

Nine Tottenham players were booked during an ill-tempered match while Mousa Dembele was caught by television cameras gouging Diego Costa's eye, which he is likely to face retrospective action for.


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But it seems the angriest player was one who never got onto the pitch. Vorm had watched the entire game from the substitute's bench but clearly did not like what he was seeing. He was at the centre of the melee following the full-time whistle and his volatile behaviour was caught on amateur footage, appearing to show him running to confront Diego Costa.

Vorm's angry rampage continued as the players went down the Stamford Bridge tunnel and it is claimed Tottenham staff were forced to hold him back from doing further damage to himself and those around him.

Refused to calm down

Both Guus Hiddink and Mauricio Pochettino tried to defuse the situation with the former shouting at Chelsea's massage therapist Manoel Ribeiro after he initially failed to comply with his orders.

They succeeded to get most of the staff and players into their dressing rooms but Vorm refused to calm down. He aimed verbal abuse at Chelsea players while continuing to try and get past those stopping him from entering the home dressing room.

Four staff were needed to drag Vorm away before John Terry emerged to hold peace talks with Pochettino in a private room.

Retrospective action

Vorm had initially become angry when Chelsea players accused Danny Rose of intentionally knocking Hiddink over. TV cameras have since exonerated the left-back of that accusation but it sparked the ill-tempered brawl that saw Vorm attack Costa.

Despite everything, only Dembele is expected to face a ban from the FA. TV cameras clearly show the Belgian poking Costa in the eye and reports have suggested that he could be suspended for as many as 10 games.

Fabregas the antagonist

But Stamford Bridge CCTV as well as cameras in the tunnel will be studied to try to establish exactly what happened after the game. That could lead to a charge for Vorm, but also Cesc Fabregas, who has been accused of sparking the brawl by hitting Tottenham players in the groin.

The Spaniard was playing the antagonist in the tie and also accused Erik Lamela of stamping on his hand during the second half. TV footage has since revealed that he may have intentionally placed his hand in Lamela's path in an effort to get him sent off.

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