December 12 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has sung the praises of Jan Vertonghen and insists that his values have shone through in the wake his run-in with Chelsea’s Fernando Torres.
The two were involved in a number of scuffles during Saturday’s 1-1 Premier League draw, which saw the Blues’ £50million striker dismissed for a second yellow card.
Chelsea chief Jose Mourinho launched a post-match attack on the Belgian, suggesting he had conned the referee in order to get the forward into hot water.
There was also another incident in which television cameras caught Torres scratching the face of the Spurs man, but today the FA has ruled that no retrospective action will be taken against the Spaniard.
“Well, I think the incident is pretty clear and people must draw their own conclusions from what they saw,” the Portuguese coach told Sky Sports News before the decision was announced.
“What we have with Jan, he is only in his second year and he has become the captain of Spurs as well. He is one of our captains elected by myself and by the club because he has been that type of leader and that type of person for his last years with the national team and with Ajax. So he is a person that we hold high in the team.
“I’m extremely happy that most of the media saw the incident, knows about Jan’s values and have decided to draw positive conclusions about him and about his character.
“So that’s the end of the matter for us. We believe in the player a lot and we believe he is more than a great player and a great person.”