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Gus: I'm not dirty

Posted on 31 August 2001  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Gus Poyet has again pleaded with the FA to reduce his controversial red card at Everton to a yellow and declared: “I am not a dirty player.”

The FA have confirmed that the incident at Goodison Park will be viewed by the independent Video Advisory Panel.

Midfielder Gus felled Everton’s Steve Watson with what Glenn Hoddle later described as a ‘lazy leg’. Watson was unhurt and even smiled at Gus — but referee David Elleray did not see the funny side and sent him straight off.

Gary Doherty was also sent off that night for what looked like a perfect tackle on Kevin Campbell — he has since been let off after Mr Elleray agreed that the defender did not deserve the punishment.

Now Gus is hoping for a similar judgement.

“We know now that everything is in their hands,” said Gus of the panel. “I would like them not only to look at my tackle but also all of the tackles that have been around in the last couple of weeks in England, some that haven’t even had a yellow card.

“Maybe they can also look at my record in England. I’ve been here four years and had one red card and I’ve played more than a hundred games. I’m not a dirty player.”

Gus underlined the inconsistency of the decisions by referring to Garry Flitcroft’s tackle on Stephen Clemence at Blackburn on Saturday — Clemence will be out for three months, Flitcroft wasn’t even booked.

Gus stated: “I’m not accusing the Blackburn player but look at that tackle and which one is the dangerous tackle and which one is a normal tackle?

“I’ve looked at it (his tackle) on video and I just turned away.

“If you go for someone you go straight at him and go in hard. If you turn around you don’t want to hurt anyone.

“He stood up straight away and laughed at me. I just want the people to look carefully and know that I didn’t want to do anything wrong.

“Now I just wait. It would be very disappointing to miss three games.”