Hutton refuses to condemn Cole for horror tackle

Last updated at 10:11 20 March 2008

Alan Hutton today refused to

condemn Chelsea's Ashley Cole

for his ugly challenge on the

Spurs defender.

Cole was lucky to escape with

only a yellow card from referee

Mike Riley, particularly as the

Chelsea left-back ranted and

raved at the official before being


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No hard feelings: Cole claims it wasn't a foul, but Hutton forgives him

Hutton just took satisfaction

from depriving Chelsea of

three points instead.

He said: “He went to win the

ball and I've just got there

quicker. I wasn't thinking about

whether he would be sent off, I

knew the challenge was high but

so was the ball.

“I am not blaming him for it,

I've probably done a similar

challenge in my career. He said

he never meant it afterwards and

that's fine with me.”

Spurs boss Juande Ramos

added: “The referee decided it was

a yellow card, but we've seen

tackles much less serious that

have earned red. We're fortunate

there weren't any injuries.”

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