Tottenham star Cristian Romero has insisted there is no bad blood between him and Argentina team-mate Enzo Fernandez following his horror tackle on the Chelsea ace a fortnight ago. Romero was sent off for a lunging tackle on Fernandez during Spurs’ 4-1 defeat by the Blues on November 6.
In a chaotic game, Romero’s was one of two red cards as Spurs collapsed. The defender was fortunate not to be dismissed earlier in the first half after appearing to kick out at Moises Caicedo.
But Romero did then see red for a terrible tackle on international colleague Fernandez, a challenge which conceded the penalty from which Cole Palmer equalised. Red cards for Romero and Destiny Udogie saw the north Londoners ultimately thrashed 4-1.
Fernandez was visibly hurt by the tackle but Romero insists that the pair are on talking terms.“Always happy and happy to return to the national team, what I love the most and what I enjoy so much,” the 25-year-old told El Doce.
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Asked if there was any ‘bad blood’, he responded: “Obviously everything is fine. They are things that happen in the game, they remain there, always.”
Referee Michael Oliver initially waved away Chelsea’s protestations about Romero’s tackle. However, a VAR intervention persuaded the official to award a penalty and a red card.
PGMOL chief Howard Webb explained that although Romero appeared to win the ball, his follow through, which caught Fernandez high above the ankle, was enough for the officials to believe he had committed serious foul play.
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Webb told Mic’d Up: “Let’s have a look at what happened before that with Romero going in on Enzo. Yes, winning the ball, but coming through with that contact above the ankle which is ultimately what the penalty and red card were awarded for. So excellent process.”
The former Premier League refereel added: “Just playing the ball in itself does not allow you to follow through in this way. We don’t see many contacts like this when the ball has been played and that’s for a reason.
“Players normally take care when playing the ball to avoid this sort of thing from happening and this clearly endangers the safety of Enzo with excessive force. When we see that full speed and in slow motion it’s a red card and it’s a good intervention.”
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