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Tottenham striker Crouch stands by his Real Madrid tackles

Tottenham striker Peter Crouch stands by the tackles that had him sent off at Real Madrid.

Crouch broke his silence on the incident after netting twice in victory over Stoke City.

"I said sorry to the players and the manager but I had a chance to say sorry to all the fans as well," Crouch said. "Hopefully I have repaid them a little bit with two goals."

Crouch denied that the reason behind his two fouls on Marcelo and Sergio Ramos were because he was too pumped up for the game.

"I have played in lots of big games before. They were genuinely honest tackles," he said.

"I thought I could get the ball. (Stoke winger) Jermaine Pennant did a tackle in the first half that was exactly the same and he just got a warning. That's Premier League football."

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