My tribe

Chelsea midfielder Mata: Torres doesn't play to hurt people

Juan Mata has defended Chelsea teammate Fernando Torres after his dismissal in their draw at Tottenham.

Torres' second booking - for an aerial collision with Jan Vertonghen - looked harsh, but he could well have seen a straight red for his first yellow.

The Spain striker grabbed Vertonghen by the face and scratched him after becoming annoyed at the Belgian's theatrical fall.

Mata denied that Torres meant to cause Vertonghen harm in either incident, however.

"I don't know [about the red card] but Fernando is not a player who goes to hurt," Mata told Chelsea's website.

 For breaking stories and all the great banter like us on Facebook:

About the author

Tribal Football Staff

Have your say
  • Add your favourite leagues and clubs
  • Build your own personal news stream
  • Easily share your favourite stories
  • Connect with what your friends are saying

Select your favourite
leagues and clubs
to get started.

Already part of MyTribe?