Spurs likely to appeal Paulinho red card

Tottenham are set to appeal the red card issued to Paulinho in Sunday's 5-0 home reverse at the hands of Liverpool.

The Brazilian midfielder was sent off during the second half after catching Luis Suarez in the chest with a high boot.

Andre Villas-Boas' men were two goals down at the time and went on to ship three more goals in a painful defeat.

When asked if the club would appeal Paulinho's dismissal, Villas-Boas said: "I will try. Hopefully there can be some sensitivity into it, but we will look into it."

Elaborating on his frustration, Tottenham's head coach added: "I think the sending off is a bit harsh. I agree that Paulinho raises his foot high, but he doesn't have (the) intention to hurt Suarez.

"I think a yellow card is more appropriate.

"That was the key moment in the game; it didn't give us chance to bounce back and we suffered a heavy defeat."


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I hope for Paulinho's sake, his appeal is successful. However over the last few matches he's been quite disappointing for someone who's costed 17M Pounds, and yesterday was one of his worst performance. It would be wise for the incoming coach to quickly start identifying a sound & steady midfield combination who can move the ball quickly out towards their wingers & forwards & dictate play they way they used to in previous seasons. Playing sideways & backwards has to stop, unless absolutely necessary when under pressure. He should start persisting with giving more game time to Holtby & Ericksen, who are more direct & creative, to start building rhythm, movement & understanding with the wingers & forwards. Hoping for a quick turnaround soon.