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Double standards?

Everyone is wondering how Eric Dier escaped a red card after ‘Gary Cahill-esque’ tackle against Chelsea

Should Tottenham be down to ten-men?

When Tottenham take on Chelsea, it’s always going to be a bit tasty, right?

Let’s not forget the little card-fest in 2016, after all.

Ah, memories

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Ah, memories

One of the biggest derbies in the Premier League is in full swing at White Har… Wembley, with Chelsea leading through a sensational Marcos Alonso free-kick.

Take a bow, son.

Everyone expected Chelsea to struggle in this game, with Gary Cahill, Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard missing, while Timoue Bakayoko makes his debut despite being only partly fit.

Speaking of Cahill, Chelsea fans still feel slightly aggrieved by their skippers sending off last week.

The centre-back was given his marching orders against Burnley in Gameweek 1 after overrunning the ball and lunging in on Clarets’ Steven Defour, which referee Craig Pawson deemed worth of a straight red card.

Not the best way to start a new season…

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Not the best way to start a new season…

It’s generally accepted among fans and pundits that the ref’s decision was pretty harsh.

And the debate rages on again today, after Spurs’ Eric Dier escaped a nasty-looking studs up challenge on David Luiz with just a yellow card.

Wembley sideshow

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Wembley sideshow

Dier certainly appeared to fly into the challenge, wiping out both Luiz and Victor Moses in one go.

Impressive:

Dier goes into a 50/50 challenge

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Dier goes into a 50/50 challenge

And there’s a hint of studs

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And there’s a hint of studs

He cuts through both Luiz and Moses

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He cuts through both Luiz and Moses

And clearly hurts the Brazilian

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And clearly hurts the Brazilian

Luiz required some treatment on the pitch, but was able to continue.

But the Twitter-storm raged on in the aftermath…

Straight red then, is that the verdict?


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