Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas insists he made the correct call to keep goalkeeper Hugo Lloris on the pitch following his bang to the head in Sunday’s draw with Everton, the
Spurs have been heavily condemned for not replacing Lloris but the Portuguese coach has said that the club did nothing wrong and he has blamed ‘incompetent people’ for trying to blame the club and draw negative media attention towards them. The 36-year-old has also labelled it ‘remarkable’ that Everton striker Romelu Lukaku’s part in the clash has not been investigated and that the Belgian could have avoided the collision.
The French goalkeeper looked set to be replaced by Brad Friedel but after being examined by the club’s medical team, expressed his desire to carry on playing, and his manager agreed. The decision has been slammed from all corners with organisations such as the PFA, FifPro and head injury charity Headway calling it ‘dangerous and irresponsible’. The ex Porto boss still believes he did nothing wrong.
He said: “I stand absolutely by the decision that I took and the decision that the medical department has taken following the checks that they made on the player, all of which were according to the book.
“I registered the fact that a couple of people have taken this opportunity to find a chance to get themselves publicised, people who have had no experience on the pitch whatsoever in this type of situation.
The former Chelsea boss also claimed it that it was out of order to raise concerns over the same medical staff who helped save the life of Fabrice Muamba when the player collapsed on the field two years ago.
He added: “What is extremely disappointing is the fact that two persons – a great doctor and a great physio who saved the life of Fabrice Muamba – were put into question by lots of incompetent people and people who have no experience on the pitch, in the action, in the moment. That is extremely serious and disappointing.”
Lloris underwent a precautionary brain scan following the game, but no damage was found. The incident has raised concern on how football clubs deal with head injuries in comparison to other sports. But Villas-Boas has backed his medical staff, insisting: “My medical department has followed the Premier League guidelines for this type of situation, that’s the only thing I can tell you.”
Villas Boas also believes that Everton striker Romelu Lukaku could have prevented the collision by moving his knee, and is unhappy that the on loan Chelsea star has not contacted the goalkeeper to see how he is.
He said: “I find it remarkable that through all of this amount of publicity that this incident has got nobody has actually dedicated themselves to finding out if he could have avoided the goalkeeper and I am disappointed that Lukaku hasn’t contacted Hugo.”
Spurs are back in action on Thursday when they face Sheriff in the Europa League at White Hart Lane.
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