Spurs’ Dembele banned for Costa incident

Tottenham’s Mousa Dembele has been handed a six-match ban by the Football Association following his eye gouging of Chelsea’s Diego Costa.

The incident happened in injury-time during the first half of Monday’s 2-2 draw between the two sides at Stamford Bridge.

Former Fulham midfielder Dembele accepted the charge of violent conduct, which was not seen by the match officials but was caught on camera.

He denied the FA’s claim that the standard three-match ban was insufficient, given the incident, but an independent commission upheld the suspension on Friday.

Both Chelsea and Tottenham have been charged for failing to control their players, after two separate melees.

The clubs have until 6pm on Monday to respond to the charge.

Dembele’s frustration got the better of him as his team’s title hopes were ended by Chelsea’s comeback.

It was a miserable night for Spurs, but boss Mauricio Pochettino insists they will bounce back.

“It’s football, we are men, they are men. We need to show we are strong,” he said.

“It was a good lesson for us, we are the youngest squad in the league, we feel very proud and our supporters need to feel proud too, we have massive potential for the future.

“We are disappointed because of the title but we need to be realistic and congratulate our players. Next season we need to be stronger than this season and try to be in the race.”