Tomkins blasts Liverpool player’s ‘disgusting’ tackle

Date published: Tuesday 16th May 2017 12:40

James Tomkins has hit out at Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic for the “disgusting” tackle which kept him sidelined for around three weeks.

Tomkins missed three matches after being subject to a late challenge from Grujic, who received only a yellow card in Crystal Palace’s 2-1 win over the Reds last month.

He returned for the decisive victory over Hull last weekend, which confirmed Palace’s top-flight status.

But the defender believes the tackle has been “brushed under the carpet”, and he has expressed his unhappiness at Grujic’s conduct.

“The challenge was brushed under the carpet a bit,” he told ESPN FC. “I’m not one to complain about the physical aspects of the game and I accept opposing players are going to be competitive but I thought the tackle was disgusting really.

“I managed to get away with it because it could have been a lot worse. I worked very hard to get myself back to fitness and just wasn’t quite ready for City last week but I was very happy to come in against Hull even though there’s still a bit of pain.

“We’ve had a lot of injuries, obviously Mama [Sakho] has been great for us and Scott [Dann] has been recovering from a long-term injury.

“We’ve had Martin Kelly playing centre-back even though he’s normally a right full-back so he deserves a lot of credit for stepping in and playing so well.

“Last week against City was a difficult game for the entire team but we all deserve a lot of credit for the performance we put in against Hull.”

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