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Tottenham's Serge Aurier SLAMMED for 'rugby tackle' penalty foul

Serge Aurier SLAMMED by Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Roy Keane for a moment of ‘madness’ after a ‘rugby tackle’ foul that gifted Leicester a penalty against Spurs

  • Serge Aurier gave Leicester City a penalty in the final moments of the first-half 
  • The Tottenham defender pushed over Wesley Fofana with his shoulder 
  • Sky Sports’ Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink described the challenge as a ‘rugby tackle’
  • Roy Keane slammed Aurier’s actions in the match as a moment of ‘madness’ 

Roy Keane and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink slammed Tottenham defender Serge Aurier for conceding a soft penalty in Sunday’s Premier League defeat to Leicester.

The Ivorian right-back pushed over Foxes defender Wesley Fofana with his shoulder in first-half stoppage time to give the visitors a late penalty in north London. 

Jamie Vardy stepped up to give Leicester the lead with Leicester running out 2-0 winners in north London after Toby Aldeweireld’s second-half own goal but Hasselbaink was livid at Aurier for his clumsiness when the half-time whistle was about to go.

Spurs’ Serge Aurier (left) was slammed for fouling Leicester’s Wesley Fofana (right) in the box

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (above) described the challenge by Aurier as a ‘rugby tackle’

Hasselbaink told Sky Sports: ‘It is just really a silly challenge. Sissoko loses the header and then this. I’ve got no words for it, why in God’s name do you need to do this? In the last minute of the game! 

‘It’s just a rugby tackle. You don’t do that. He tried to get there by trying to push the opponent out the way but forgetting he’s in the box. It’s as simple as that. That’s a rugby tackle.’

Craig Pawson (right) pointed to the spot after a VAR check in the final moments of the first-half

Roy Keane described the Aurier incident as a moment of ‘madness’ in the first-half

Fellow Sky Sports pundit Roy Keane also lacked sympathy for Aurier after his clusmy challenge on Fofana.

Keane added: ‘There’s a word for it – madness. Madness. I want to be careful about what I say about this defender. I’ve been on this road before with him. 

‘Utter madness. Not danger at all, not in on goal, experienced defender. Madness. 

‘He wasn’t thinking. He doesn’t think this lad, doesn’t think.’ 

Jamie Vardy (front) dispatched the penalty to give Leicester the lead in north London

Even though Spurs completed a deal for Wolves defender Matt Doherty over the summer, Aurier managed to keep his right-back spot in Jose Mourinho’s starting eleven.

The 27-year-old has played 11 times in all competitions, including seven appearances in the league, as Mourinho’s men look to become title challengers under the Portuguese coach.  

Leicester took all three points from their clash with Spurs in the end after a Toby Alderweireld own goal made it 2-0 and the hosts failed to recover. 




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