Jol infuriated by tackle on Ghaly
Written By:Muthoni Kariuki/BBC , Posted: Tue, Jan 02, 2007
Spurs boss Martin Jol says a tackle which left Egyptian winger Hossam Ghaly with four teeth missing was "cynical".
Ghaly was injured after colliding with the boot of Portsmouth defender Noe Pamarot during Monday's 1-1 draw.
Jol said: "I asked the referee and he said it wasn't a foul but when I looked at it again I thought it was cynical."
But Pompey boss Harry Redknapp defended Pamarot, saying: "That is nonsense. It was a pure accident. Pamarot hasn't got a cynical bone in his body."
Ghaly was off the field for nearly 10 minutes after ducking into Pamarot's high boot in the opening minutes of the match.
Remarkably, he returned to the field and continued until half-time before being replaced by Danny Murphy.
Jol added: "I know Pamarot and he is a terrific lad, exceptional, but not when he is on the pitch.
"Ghaly was unbelievable. I thought at first the doctor told me he lost his false teeth but he was really saying four teeth.
"Most people would have gone to hospital and stayed there a week with that injury but he went back on to play and it was only later I noticed some dangerous signs and took him off again for the second half.
"If I had known the full extent of the injury I would never have let Ghaly go back on but I took notice of my doctor. I always do that."
Redknapp insisted the incident - which resulted in a free-kick from referee Andre Marriner, but no booking - was a pure accident.
He added: "I am sad the poor kid lost a few teeth but what can you do?"
Ironically, Pamarot soon followed Ghaly to the touchline after tearing a groin muscle which is likely to keep him out for several weeks. Ghaly is likely to return within a fortnight.
I've gotta say I was sickened by this and can only hope he recovers soon after this dreadful injury.
What do you guys make of this incident and its coverage?