Southampton legend Matt Le Tisser defends Tottenham star over 'embarrassing' booking

Southampton hero believes Tottenham Hotspur's Nacer Chadli should not have been booked against Arsenal.

Nacer Chadli was Tottenham's star at The Emirates as he scored a vital goal in the North London derby.

Yet the Belgian was booked afterwards, for cupping his ear to the crowd in celebration.

Referee Michael Oliver took a dim view, and gave the Spurs scorer a yellow card.

It was a decision lambasted on Twitter by former Southampton Premier League legend Matt le Tissier, who argued such a rule was not one which had been made clear to any players past or present.

His stance was backed even more vociferously by former Blackburn striker Jason Roberts, who also ranted on Twitter about the decision.

Oliver's thinking was that Chadli was inciting the crowd by cupping his ear to opposing fans, yet given the stick players receive all game, upon scoring a goal, is the action really so bad?

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch