Tottenham’s Mousa Dembele looks set for a lengthy ban following his eye gouge on Chelsea’s Diego Costa.
In a game that saw nine yellow cards for Tottenham Hotspur players, three for Chelsea, and a post-match scuffle, the FA have their hands full as it attempts to sift through the many unsavoury incidents that overshadowed a 2-2 result that sent the Premier League title heading to Leicester City for the first time.
Top of the list of incidents the FA are certain to deliver sanction on is the apparent eye gouge by Spurs midfielder Mousa Dembele on Chelsea bad boy Diego Costa.
In a first half incident that was missed by referee Mark Clattenburg and his assistants, television camera appear to show Dembele poking at the eye of Costa. In what was an ill-tempered game, this incident stands out as the lowlight and will likely see the Tottenham man handed a hefty ban for what is in reality an inexcusable act.
According to the Irish Independent, via the Sun, the Football Association have taken a dim view over the incident, and regard it with the same severity as the infamous Luis Suarez biting incident where Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic felt the gnawing sensation of the Uruguayan’s teeth in 2013.
That incident saw Suarez banned for ten games, including the start of the 2013/14 season. It would therefore be fair to say that Dembele is looking at a similar spell on the side lines.
In relation to the poor discipline and post-match scuffle that saw Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink end up on the ground, the FA are so far remaining tight lipped, presumably as they review all game footage available before the issue any sanctions. It can well be assumed that they are gathering up all the books within reach to throw at both clubs for failing to control their players.
The Football Association, clubs and fans all want to see competitive and high quality games. However, Monday night’s encounter was missing the good spirit and discipline expected of these highly paid professionals.
When the FA does eventually issue a ruling, expect an example to be made of both London clubs, with hefty fines and suspensions being doled out in equal measure.