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Ted sees red

Posted on 23 December 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).

Teddy Sheringham insisted no punch was thrown after he was sent off for only the second time in his career against Ipswich Town on Saturday.

A punch was cited as the reason the skipper was red carded by referee Mike Riley for violent conduct after a clash with Town's John McGreal in the 2-1 Premiership defeat at the Lane.

An unhappy Teddy insisted: "I've seen the replays and to be fair to the referee I'd say it looks worse than what it is but I can tell you now that he sent me off for throwing a punch and I'm not throwing a punch.

"The fella's got hold of my shirt, almost pulling it off my back and all I'm doing is trying to get him away from me. He'd been doing it all game and I'd had enough by then.

"He'd pushed and pushed again and he still had hold of my shirt but the referee can't see that, all he can see is my arms flailing and that's the decision he's given.

"Normally when you give someone a shove they'll let go of your shirt and you look to move again. But he's pulled, pulled and pulled again and I can't get free so he's wound me up a bit really.

"How that's deemed as malicious I'll never know but I'm telling you now it wasn't a punch thrown, I was just trying to get him away from me."

Teddy was cheered slightly by the fact that the referee was willing to look at the video and that the club can appeal against a straight red card.

But he said the damage had already been done. "Let's hope I can appeal," he added. "But I came off for 40 minutes and I'll miss games and it's too late, really.

"It's a situation where I've not thrown a punch, simple as that. I've been sent off once before, about 15 years ago and I'm not happy about it."