Vol. 5 Num 1046 Sat. May 12, 2007  

Ghaly in hot water

Tottenham boss Martin Jol has made it clear he will come down hard on Hossam Ghaly after the Egypt midfielder threw his shirt at the feet of the manager after being substituted in the club's 1-1 draw with Blackburn.

The draw left Spurs needing a point from their final Premiership match, against Manchester City on Sunday, to secure a spot in next season's UEFA Cup.

But the evening was marred by the Egyptian's angry reaction to being taken off to allow Robbie Keane to come on as Tottenham chased an equaliser.

After throwing his shirt to the ground, Ghaly was jeered by the crowd as he marched straight down the tunnel and left the stadium.

A hefty fine is inevitable and Jol admitted such conduct could not be tolerated. "We always deal with this sort of thing," said the Dutchman.

"We have certain rules and arrangements, whether it is Dimitar Berbatov, Robbie Keane or Jermain Defoe or Hossam Ghaly, it's no different to me so we will deal with that internally."

Ghaly's frustration was perhaps linked to the fact that he had himself only come on as a sub, following a first-half injury to Steed Malbranque. But his antics did not go down well with the home supporters, who chanted "you're not fit to wear the shirt" following his disappearance down the tunnel.

Jol added: "The fans are entitled to do that. Literally, it was out of character because he is a very good boy, he's always disciplined and every time he was involved he did well but you couldn't say he did well this time."

Blackburn needed a win to keep alive their hopes of a direct route to the UEFA Cup and looked on course for three points when South African Benni McCarthy headed them ahead in the first half with his 17th Premiership goal of the season.

Mark Hughes's side could have doubled the lead after the break when Christopher Samba headed against the crossbar but Spurs dragged themselves back into the game with the help of Keane.

The Ireland captain played Berbatov in and the rebound from the Bulgarian striker's shot left Jermain Defoe with a tap-in for the equaliser.

Jason Roberts was sent off for two injury-time bookings, the first for fouling Didier Zokora and the second for comments to referee Rob Styles, to the bemusement of Blackburn boss Mark Hughes.

"Jason is adamant he never swore at the referee and I thought it was completely ridiculous," said the former Manchester United, Barcelona and Chelsea striker.

Blackburn needed to win to keep their chances of a return to the UEFA Cup via their league placing alive but will now have to go through the Intertoto Cup. "We've applied for it and it was always an option," said Hughes.