PICS: Mousa Dembele rightly slated for disgusting eye gouge on Diego Costa
It's not often that Diego Costa is the victim in a violent exchange but Mousa Dembele was definitely the offending party towards the end of the first half of Spurs' crucial game at Stamford Bridge.
Tempers flared on the sidelines as half-time drew near following an aggressive Danny Rose challenge on Willian which prompted the Brazilian to square up to the Spurs left back.
Mauricio Pochettino took to the pitch to pull the players apart before members of both team's backroom staff also got involved.
In a slow-motion replay of the melee, Sky Sports cameras picked up Spurs' midfielder Dembele digging his fingers into Costa's eyes in a revolting act that wasn't picked up by referee Mark Clattenburg.
An FA ban is expected after a review of the footage and that means that this is almost certainly the Belgian's final game of the Premier League season.
— Roy Bennett (@ThriveRoy) May 2, 2016
— Kop Magazine (@TheKopMagazine) May 2, 2016
Nice from Dembele. Not often you sympathise with Costa
— Oliver Holt (@OllieHolt22) May 2, 2016
Well, there's a ban for Dembele; idiot. This has been very feisty - proper renewing of the rivalry. Spurs players falling for the wind-up.
— Chris Miller (@WindyCOYS) May 2, 2016
Spurs won't have dembele for rest of season now once that eye gouge is dealt with. Nasty one.
— Matt Cooper (@cooper_m) May 2, 2016
Well thats Dembele banned after this game then.
— Ben Simms (@TheNenheb) May 2, 2016
Dembele what the fuck
— Matt (@mattk_lfc) May 2, 2016
Fucking scum Dembele taking notes from Mourinho
— Master (@TedDrakeGoal) May 2, 2016
Dembele is so dirty
— Beefy Baz⚒ (@WoodWhufc) May 2, 2016
Dembele you little scum
— Kirk (@_Kirkers) May 2, 2016
— John D. Lewis (@John_D_Lewis) May 2, 2016