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Huddlestone escapes Uefa sanction after elbow incident

Janko and Huddlestone pictured seconds after the incident
Janko and Huddlestone pictured seconds after the incident

Tom Huddlestone has avoided punishment for an apparent elbow on an opponent in Tottenham's Champions League thrashing of FC Twente at home last Wednesday.

Twente forward Marc Janko claimed Spurs midfielder Huddlestone had deliberately "smashed his arm into my face".

The Austrian striker was left to nurse a nosebleed but, after viewing video footage of the incident, Uefa said Huddlestone had no case to answer.

Huddlestone can thus play for Spurs in the double-header against Inter Milan.

Had Uefa decided to charge the 23-year-old with violent conduct, he could have been hit with a minimum two-match ban, ruling him out of the trip to face Inter on 20 October and the return fixture at White Hart Lane 13 days later.

Spurs are already without key midfielder Rafael van der Vaart for the crunch game at the San Siro after he was sent off against Twente, and the loss of Huddlestone would further damage their hopes of building on an impressive start to life in European football's elite club competition.


Huddlestone was not punished on the night over the incident during the 4-1 win, a free-kick actually going in his favour with the forward pulling him back.

Redknapp last week revealed he had watched footage of the clash and acknowledged Huddlestone had made contact with his elbow but cast doubt on whether there was any intent.

He said: "It's not like Tom - he's not at all an aggressive player, he's a fantastic footballer and a great guy.

"It looked like he caught him with an elbow. Whether he meant to do it, I'm not so sure."

Janko had said: "If you look at the TV pictures, you will see he clearly hit me on purpose. He smashed his arm into my face."

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see also
Tottenham 4-1 FC Twente
29 Sep 10 |  Europe
Redknapp backs penalty decisions
30 Sep 10 |  Tottenham

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