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Bournemouth ball boy removed from duties after clashing with Tottenham’s Lucas Moura

Bournemouth have removed a ball boy from duties after clashing with Tottenham’s Lucas Moura in Saturday’s Premier League clash.

The young lad was escorted away by stewards after an altercation which came in the second-half with Spurs chasing a winner against the Cherries.

The hosts had gone 2-0 up earlier in the game. But after the ball trickled out of play, one of the ball boys on the side of the pitch picked it up.

Rather than handing it back to the Tottenham players, there was a sligt tussle between him and Moura as the footballer tried to get in back in play quickly.

It led to uproar from the fans while Bournemouth’s Jaidon Anthony rushed over the confront the Spurs winger.

The referee ran over to diffuse the situation while Eric Dier remonstrated with the officials over the delay to the match. However, Tottenham had the last laugh as the ball boy was escorted away from the touchline and down the tunnel by a steward.

Rodrigo Bentancur netted a 92nd minute winner to send the away fans crazy following what has been a tough week, with pressure put on Antonio Conte prior the game at Bournemouth. He was howeever less than pleased with the manner in which his side had gone two goals down.

Player ratings

Bournemouth Travers (5); Smith (7), Mepham (6), Senesi (6); Tavernier (7), Lerma (6), Cook (6), Zemura (6); Billing (6), Solanke (7); Moore (8).

Subs: Anthony (6), Fredericks (6), Stephens (n/a).

Tottenham: Lloris (6); Sanchez (5), Lenglet (6), Davies (7); Royal (5), Hojbjerg (7), Bissouma (5), Skipp (6), Sessegnon (7); Kane (6), Son (6).

Subs: Moura (6), Dier (7), Bentancur (8), Perisic (7), Gil (n/a).

Player of the match: Rodrigo Bentancur

Tottenham Hotspur goal scorer Ryan Sessegnon: “Obviously it was disappointing to be 2-0 down with some lapses in concentration but we knew if we scored one goal the momentum could switch and that is what happened today.”

On nearly being substituted before his goal: “I had a little feeling as I looked over and saw him getting ready to come on but it is just one of them things that I had to make sure to leave my mark just before and thankfully I stayed on for a little bit longer.

“I have a good relationship with him [Conte] and I just try to be as consistent as I can for him.”

Gary O’Neil felt his AFC Bournemouth players gave “absolutely everything again” but admitted errors had proved costly in defeat against Tottenham Hotspur.

Speaking at his post-match press conference, O’Neil said: “They put everything in and got nothing out in the end so that is tough to take for them.

“I’m really disappointed for them because I thought they gave absolutely everything again.

“There’s a big gulf between the two sides, but it didn’t look like that for large parts today. For a large part, we managed to close that gap and managed to be very competitive against a top side.

“We were really disappointed with the nature of the goals because there were mistakes in there that were so avoidable and will cost you at this level.

“If they score from a moment of brilliance or something you haven’t covered, then it’s easier to accept. But when they come from something that you’ve worked hard on, it’s disappointing.

“So as hard as the boys worked, as committed as they were and as well as they stuck to the game plan, if you make little slips in key areas from set-plays or whatever, you can be punished especially against world-class opposition.

“When they are bringing on players like Lucas Moura, Ivan Perisic, Bryan Gil and Rodrigo Bentancur, it can be tricky. But we lost a game against Tottenham which is never a disgrace for us.

“The way we went about it wasn’t a disgrace either. We were really competitive and the boys can take a lot of credit from that. But until the dust settles, it’s hard for them to see it that way.”

O’Neil added: “It’s hard because you see the way the game’s going and they are pushing you back and you’re trying to tweak things or trying to get people on the pitch that you feel might be able to help.

“But at that moment, it’s just really difficult. Momentum against a top side like that is really difficult to stop.

“But if you look back at the first half and even the early stages of the second half, there were some real positives in there for us.”

Antonio Conte underlined the importance of the comeback win at Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday.

Speaking to SPURSPLAY at the Vitality, Antonio said: “The feeling, for sure, is positive. Also, (even) if we didn’t take the three points, I’ve seen a good reaction from my players. This is very important.

“They showed me great character, great desire, great will. I think, honestly, that sometimes we lose a bit of confidence in our potential, in the way that we are good.

“At the end, for us, it was vital, this win, especially after two losses. Okay, against Newcastle, I didn’t think we deserved to lose, but United was a bad loss. Then, after what happened against Sporting Lisbon, today was really important to get three points, to stay in a good position in the table and to prepare ourselves for a final, because on Tuesday, we are going to play a final against Marseille. We want to go there, play and, for sure, we will have to show great character in this game.”

It was put to Antonio the character needed to recover from 2-0 and go on to win an away game in the Premier League… “Yes, it shows a lot of character and, at the same time, don’t forget Bournemouth are not in Europe and for them, it’s five games in a row. For us, it’s 10 games.

“For sure, at the start, the energy was different between us and them. Despite this, we showed that we are good physically. I repeat, we have to be strong mentally and today we showed this. The players know very well that we can lose games, we can lose points, but I don’t want players to think for one minute that we have to give up, or don’t believe that we can come back after 1-0 or 2-0.

“This team is well organised, we have good players, they work very well and, for sure, we have to try to improve under this aspect and start with great confidence about our potential and to show that we are a good team, and we are a strong team from the start. Sometimes, in this aspect, I think we can improve.”

This is what fans said with the Bournemouth ball boy removed from duties after clashing with Tottenham’s Lucas Moura…

@dragon35666: Steward to ball boy ‘be glad it wasn’t Hazard, he’d have just booted you’

@pg88_: Then give him the ball if u don’t want upset?

@carling_4737: Don’t hold on to the ball then, he’s not there to time waste.

@G_Man_Baker: 100% Paul – Take the punishment it you’re deliberately obstructing play

@CallumEakins2: Moura done nothing wrong at all. Kid needs to grow up

@Spurs77: Should have given the ball back as per his duties.

@Mark_2019_; The ball boy shouldn’t be stopping the ball coming back into play

@minas_mars: Any club’s ball boys who hold on to the ball to slow down play should be fined by the FA. #EASY

@Captain_Outram: Nothing wrong with it, the ball boy should of given him the ball, it’s literally his job

@87_amg: Let’s hope the young man never has the privilege of ball boying in the PL again. They are there to do a job, not to exhibit partisan favouring of their team.

@sjcollins78: EPL has adopted multi ball system, balls boys should not be holding a ball they put them on cones then move away, he just wanted to waste time, fair enough, but don’t cry after you got put in place, by players & officials

@NDDuffy: Ball boy got what he deserved, if a club is now asking ball boys to time waste, this certainly needs looking into

@rich_chandler: Do your job and don’t try and be clever.

@MarcSpurs: Kid was trying to be clever, got the ball and ran away from Moura.. if it was Emerson he might have got away

@smudgerb452: Then do what your paid to and give the ball back 👍

@Officialprinco1: to be clear. The ball boys job was to give the ball back. They proceeded to regularly not give the ball to the spurs players. Very poor. The winner comes from the ball ball delaying giving spurs the ball. Justice

@THFCsince76: Give the ball to those we’ve paid to watch. Some lessons are tough.

@mackyd78: Ball Boys have been told to retrieve or give the ball back quickly this season, so he has only himself to blame for trying to hang on the ball instead of giving it to the player.

@andie1105: Why was he upset? He was the one in the wrong. I watched the game. He was trying to waste time for Bournemouth instead of getting the ball back into play. I believe that’s cheating

@1882spurs1: Ball boy wasting time by any chance? Their job is to get the ball and give it back as quickly as possible, not get the ball, hold on to it to benefit your team time wasting.

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