Jol: Cynical foul has cost me Ghaly
Jol was incensed that no punishment was meted out for the challenge on Ghaly
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Tuesday, 02, Jan 2007 08:46
Tottenham midfielder Hossam Ghaly will require extensive dental work to replace four lost teeth after a tackle by Portsmouth defender Noe Pamarot that Spurs boss Martin Jol called "cynical".
Ghaly is not expected to be out for too long but will definitely miss this weekend's trip to Cardiff City in the FA Cup. A mid-January return is most likely, according to sources.
The Egyptian suffered the bloody injury after just two minutes of the match and he was forced to the sidelines for over ten minutes to receive treatment.
Although he returned to play out the rest of the first half, he was substituted during the interval after Jol said he detected some "dangerous signs" that Ghaly was not feeling well.
The Dutchman also admitted he had queried the referee's decision not to punish Pamarot for the challenge, which appeared to be very high.
"When I looked at the challenge I thought it was a cynical foul but the referee has chosen not to give anything," Jol said.
Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp countered Jol's comments, however, saying that Pamarot "does not have a cynical bone in his body".
"I feel sorry for the lad that's lost a few teeth, but what can you do?" Redknapp said. "It was a pure accident."