Jol stands by Defoe

23 October 2006 01:16
Tottenham Hotspur head coach Martin Jol played down Jermain Defoe's bite on West Ham midfielder Javier Mascherano during Spurs' 1-0 win at White Hart Lane. Defoe reacted angrily to a challenge from the Argentina international and bit him on the arm as the two players fell to the floor. Bizarrely, Dutchman Jol felt Defoe was being playful, as he said: "He was nibbling his arm, there will be no mark. Ask Mascherano if he has got a mark. "It is part of the game. They kicked him three times from behind in ten minutes and he wanted to show his frustration in a nice, comical way." Hammers boss Alan Pardew was less impressed, adding: "Mascherano brought him down from behind and that was definitely a booking. "I didn't quite see the reaction from Jermain, but it looked like he gestured towards Mascherano, but whether there was any contact I don't know. "In today's game he could have gone. If he was sent off there, it would have changed the game."

Source: ESA