Jamie Carragher has insisted that Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele’s season is over after he was caught eye gouging Diego Costa in the ill-tempered draw with Chelsea on Monday night.
It was a fiery encounter at Stamford Bridge between the two London rivals, with Tottenham’s title hopes being on the line only adding to the tension.
After a flurry of yellow cards and questionable tackles coupled with incidents involving both sets of players that threatened to boil over, it finally did following a foul from Danny Rose on Willian.
As several players joined the melee, Dembele, as seen above, was caught on camera pushing his finger into the eye of Costa.
Replays showed that assistant referee Simon Beck appeared to have an excellent view of the incident, but referee Mark Clattenburg failed to take action which leaves the Belgian international open to retrospective disciplinary action instead.
“It is shocking,” Carragher said on Monday Night Football.
“The man he (Dembele) is up against, Costa, how many times has he been seen doing things like this? That’s the end of Dembele’s season, there is no doubt about that.”
Carragher was equally as critical of Beck for not reporting the incident, but believes that Spurs unnecessarily lost their cool with so much on the line as they were seemingly on their way to a win to keep the Premier League title race alive.
Instead, their draw allowed Leicester City to claim their first ever top flight crown, with Mauricio Pochettino’s men switching their focus to securing second place with two games remaining.