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By Ben Pearce, Tottenham correspondent
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Andre Villas-Boas has launched a staunch defence of his medical staff and his own decision to allow Hugo Lloris to play on following the goalkeeper’s head injury against Everton on Sunday.
Spurs have been slammed for allowing the goalkeeper to finish the game after his collision with Toffees striker Romelu Lukaku at Goodison Park.
However, Villas-Boas has accused the critics of seeking publicity from the situation and of failing to respect the club’s doctor Shabaaz Mughal and physio Geoff Scott, who helped to save Fabrice Muamba’s life when he collapsed on the White Hart Lane turf in March 2012.
“I stand absolutely by the decision I took, and I stand by the decision that the medical department took following the checks that they made on the player - all according to the book,” said Villas-Boas.
“I have registered the fact that a couple of people have taken this opportunity to find the chance get themselves publicised - people who have no experience on the pitch whatsoever in these type of situations.
“I also registered the fact that two people in the medical department that saved the life of a footballer on the pitch two years ago have been completely forgotten, poorly treated and badly respected by lots of opinion-makers.
“My medical department has followed the Premier League guidelines for this type of situation. This is not comparable to NFL [American football], rugby, Andros Townsend’s situation [when he fell over the advertising boards at White Hart Lane] or Petr Cech’s situation.
“It’s something that astonishes me, why people are trying to put it in the same mould as all of these situations that happened in the past.
“What’s extremely disappointing is the fact that two people, a great doctor and a great physio who saved the life of Muamba, were heavily put into question by lots of incompetent people, with absolutely no experience on the pitch, no experience in the action, no experience in the moment. That is extremely serious and disappointing.”
Villas-Boas has refused to confirm whether he will pick Lloris for tomorrow evening’s Europa League game against FC Sheriff at the Lane, adding: “The selection has been made, you just have to wait. I have made a decision but I won’t make it public.”
Villas-Boas is also angry that Spurs have born the brunt of the fall-out from Sunday’s incident, while Lukaku’s involvement in the initial collision has been ignored.
“I want to believe that Lukaku’s leg was not left late to clash into Hugo’s head,” he said. “I find it remarkable as well that nobody has dedicated themselves to finding out if the player could have avoided the keeper, and I’m disappointed that Lukaku hasn’t contacted Hugo.
“I don’t question Lukaku’s integrity or human side, I have maximum respect for him and I think he has for me. But from all this excitement from something that is so negative, I’m surprised no time was spent to study this.
“I don’t want to question Lukaku, he’s a young player and wonderfully gifted but I think he could have jumped over Lloris.”
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