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New Angle Of Horror Tackle On Danny Drinkwater Explains Chelsea Midfielder's Angry Reaction

New Angle Of Horror Tackle On Danny Drinkwater Explains Chelsea Midfielder's Angry Reaction

A new image of the nasty challenge on Danny Drinkwater, which provoked the Chelsea midfielder into a physical retaliation, has been shared on Twitter.

Drinkwater was sent off, then mocked on social media, for hacking down 16-year-old Alfie Devine from behind in response to the Tottenham youth player's initial lunge.

However this new angle - and in fact the original video itself - shows that Devine's two-footed challenge was undoubtedly the worse of the two infractions. Both Drinkwater and Devine were shown a red card in the aftermath.

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The image shows Devine, with both his feet off the pitch, absolutely launching himself at Drinkwater's ankle.

The game was poised at 2-2 when the foul and Drinkwater's follow-up sparked unsavoury scenes of confrontation between both sets of players.

Of course, many will say a 30-year-old Premier League winner and England international like Drinkwater should know better. But Devine's forceful two-footer seems far more likely to injure an opponent than Drinkwater's angry swipe from behind.

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Drinkwater hasn't played for Chelsea's first team since August 2018 and has had unsuccessful loan spells at Burnley as well as Aston Villa.

He won a league title with Leicester City in 2016, before sealing a £35 million move to Stamford Bridge the following year.

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Despite this new low in what's clearly a lengthy difficult spell in Drinkwater's career, many football fans defended him on social media given the dangerous tackle he was subjected to.

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"Doesn't matter what your age is. At any level of football, you throw a tackle in like that and you are getting chinned. If you dish it out, you've got to accept that," said one.

"He's just a kid but he can't do that and no surprise Drinkwater reacted. That's a leg breaker," replied another.

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Was Drinkwater harshly condemned for an understandable reaction? Or should the Chelsea man have known better? Let us know in the comments.

Featured image credit: Twitter/PA Images

Topics: Football News, reaction, Chelsea, Football, Danny Drinkwater

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