Joey Barton has called Tottenham Hotspur defender Cristian Romero a ‘mad man’ after his red card against Chelsea last night.
Spurs were in the driving seat to beat Mauricio Pochettino and Chelsea, but a moment of madness from Romero cost them the game. Even Barton, who knows a thing or two about getting red cards, wasn’t pleased with the Argentine’s challenge.
Joe Barton calls Tottenham’s Cristian Romero a ‘mad man’
The Argentine has been brilliant for Spurs this season. He has formed a tremendous partnership with Micky van de Ven, and up until last night, he had barely put a foot wrong.
However, against Chelsea yesterday, Romero seemed like he just wanted to be sent off. He got lucky when his needless kick-out at Levi Colwill wasn’t punished, but instead of being careful from that point, he chose to do something worse.
Romero committed a dangerous challenge on his compatriot Enzo Fernandez inside the box. It was a painful one for the midfielder, but the referee didn’t give anything in real-time.
Just as it seemed like Romero would get away with it again, VAR advised Michael Oliver to have another look at it, and the referee decided to award a penalty and send the Tottenham vice-captain off.
Tweeting about the incident, Barton wrote: “Romero Red all day. Gone to nail him there.
“Must not be having him. Mad man Romero. No need.”
Romero hasn’t learned anything
As we said above, we really felt Romero had changed after watching his performances this season, but it seems like it’s the same old story with him.
The Argentine, when he’s calm and composed, is one of the best defenders in the Premier League, but he just does something crazy from time to time to put his side in jeopardy.
Ange Postecoglou should be absolutely furious with Romero as the 25-year-old is arguably the biggest reason why Spurs dropped points last night.
Romero will now serve a three-game suspension, missing fixtures against Wolves, Aston Villa and Manchester City.