Moussa Sissoko elbows Bournemouth's Harry Arter

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Tottenham travelled to Bournemouth this afternoon knowing that a win would take them to the top of the Premier League table - for the time being, anyway.

Despite the game ending 0-0, there was certainly no shortage of talking points. Hugo Lloris pulled off another world class save as Bournemouth attacked early on, whilst both teams played with a high intensity and potent threat going forwards.

But unfortunately, it will not necessarily be the counter attacking threat shown by both teams that everyone will be talking about after the game.

There were six yellow cards dished out by the referee during the game, and it could be argued he should have given a couple of reds too.

One incident in particular that will be replayed several times over the next few weeks by the FA no doubt, was a coming together between Tottenham's Moussa Sissoko and Bournemouth's Harry Arter in the final 10 minutes of the game.

As the ball bounced out of play for a throw-in, in his attempts to get the ball quickly back into play, Sissoko caught the Cherries' star with a brutal elbow to the face which knocked him to the floor.

The referee had a clear view of the incident but just gave the pair a stern talking to.


Arter was furious with the former Newcastle man and many players stepped in to separate the midfielder from confronting Sissoko.

See the video of the incident below.

In his post-match interview with Sky Sports, Arter was asked about the incident and responded by saying he spoke with Sissoko after the game who claimed it was an accident.

Despite the Bournemouth man accepting the apology, it's likely that the FA will take a look at the footage again to denote whether there was any malice intended.

Sergio Aguero and Diego Costa have been banned in recent months for similar offences, so it's likely we will hear more about this elbow over the course of the next week.

As for both sides, the result moves Bournemouth up the table to ninth while Spurs remain in third.


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