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Ziege: My mistake

Posted on 24 December 2002  - 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).

Christian Ziege pleaded guilty on only one count following the two yellow cards that saw him controversially dismissed at Maine Road on Monday evening.

The German international accepts he made a 'mistake' in kicking the ball away in the incident that led to his late second booking, but feels he was hard done by with his initial caution - for a similar offence - by referee Jeff Winter.

Christian says he did not hear the whistle stopping play and played his pass to Steffen Iversen. He also feels that he was slightly harshly treated in receiving the second card, but accepts the ruling.

"There were two parts of this game for me," commented Christian. "I think the whole team played well here, apart from maybe the first 20 minutes.

"I agree with the point that, with the second booking I shouldn't have touched the ball - even if I didn't strike the ball away. I touched it, but the rule is the rule.

"For the first booking I didn't even hear the whistle go. I tried to pass the ball to Steffen Iversen, not to kick the ball away. I think you can see that on the tape.

"But, I shouldn't have got a second card so that's it - end of story. It was my mistake."