Clarke 'disgusted' by Popov

Steve Clarke made no attempt to defend Goran Popov after the West Brom player was sent off for spitting during Tottenham's win at The Hawthorns.

Last Updated: 04/02/13 at 06:37 Post Comment

Goran Popov: Shown towards the tunnel after spitting at Kyle Walker

Goran Popov: Shown towards the tunnel after spitting at Kyle Walker

The defender was dismissed two minutes into the second half for spitting in Kyle Walker's direction following an exchange of words between the two.

At that stage the game was goalless, and Spurs went on to win thanks to a single Gareth Bale goal to leave Albion without a victory since Boxing Day.

Clarke said: "The game changed with the sending off. I'm absolutely disgusted with Goran's behaviour. One of the group has let the players down.

"It's difficult enough in the Premier League playing against 11 players, especially when you're playing against Tottenham.

"There's no excuse for that. There's no place for it in life, never mind on a football pitch. I would like to think that at some stage he will apologise.

"As always there will be disciplinary procedures taken against the player but they'll remain in-house."

The manager was all the more upset because his side had held their own during the first half.

He said: "We played good football and created chances and I thought we were the better team, first half. We played very, very well."

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