Laudrup ‘angry’ at ref Dean

Swansea boss Michael Laudrup criticised referee Mike Dean for

allowing play to continue while his striker Michu lay injured in

the closing stages of a 1-0 defeat to Tottenham.

Michu was caught by Hugo Lloris as the goalkeeper punched the

ball clear and fell heavily to the floor but, while those players

closest to the stricken forward furiously waved to the touchline

for medical assistance, Spurs were allowed to play on.

Laudrup has no complaints at the result, sealed earlier by Jan

Vertonghen (75), but fumed that the game was not stopped for a head


“I was very angry,” Laudrup told Sky Sports. “I didn’t ask for a

free-kick or a penalty but if someone falls down like that, with a

head injury, then there’s only one thing to do – the referee has to

blow the whistle.

“I looked at him when Michu goes down – the referee’s watching

him, the linesman’s watching him and still they let the play carry

on. That was poor refereeing.

“Michu seems ok, he’s still a little (dazed). Luckily it wasn’t

serious so I’m happy about that but I’m still angry about the


Laudrup’s side have lost consecutive Premier League games after

a previous seven-match unbeaten run but the Dane took positives

from his team’s performance.

“We knew it was a very good team, we knew the first half would

be more difficult than the second and that was how it went,” he

added. “Even if we didn’t play at our best, away to Tottenham,

against a very good team, we were there until the last second.

“I’m still quite pleased with what I saw today. There are

different ways of losing – I never like to lose, it’s zero points –

but I think the players did well.

“We just missed the last 10 per cent in the attacking half but

we still created four or five chances.”

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