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Spurs fans baffled as star isn’t sent off ‘for as clear a red as you’ll see’

Tottenham Hotspur fans were left baffled at how their own player was not shown a red card for a horror tackle against Portsmouth.

Spurs took on Pompey in an FA Cup third round clash on Saturday in north London. Antonio Conte’s side went into the game expecting a convincing win, having come off the back of a huge 4-0 victory at Crystal Palace.

But fans feared the worst when their midfielder Oliver Skipp flew into a challenge in the 27th minute and caught opponent Michael Morrison with his studs.

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The 22-year-old overran the ball due to a heavy touch. He then looked to compensate for it with a high and late challenge which caught Morrison on the ankle.

Skipp escaped any form of punishment from the referee. And Spurs fans took to social media to debate whether the officials made the right call, with some breathing a sigh of relief that their player wasn’t given his marching orders.

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One Twitter user wrote: “Is Oliver Skipp lucky there? Looked like a dangerous one,” while another replied: “Very lucky.”

A third tweeted: “That's as clear a red card as you're going to see from Skipp. So lucky,” and a fourth added: “Definitely a red for me.”

Another Spurs supporter commented: “By today’s standards that looked a straight red.”

Fortunately for Conte, his side managed to go into half-time level with all 11 men still on the pitch. And they got their deserved break-through with a trademark Harry Kane wonder-strike from the edge of the area, which was enough to see out a win.

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