Tottenham boss Ryan Mason ‘shocked’ after John Fleck escapes ‘absolute red card’ for Giovani Lo Celso clash

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<p>Lo Celso needed treatment following the incident</p> (Getty Images)

Lo Celso needed treatment following the incident

(Getty Images)

Ryan Mason was left bewildered by the decision not to send off John Fleck for a clash with Giovani Lo Celso during Tottenham’s 4-0 victory over Sheffield United on Sunday.

Gareth Bale struck a superb hat-trick with Heung-min Son adding another goal as Spurs won comfortably to keep their faint hopes of a Premier League top-four finish alive.

While Mason was delighted with Spurs’ performance, an incident early on in the second half which saw Lo Celso take a boot to the head.

With Lo Celso on the turf as he and Fleck fought for the ball, the Sheffield United player caught the Spurs midfielder on the side of the head with his studs.

Lo Celso was left in agony and needed treatment from the Spurs physio, with the VAR reviewing the incident for a potential red-card offence - but following a review, referee Andre Marriner was not instructed to review the incident himself via the pitchside monitor as Fleck escaped punishment.

Lo Celso was later substituted off, and was spotted in the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium stands with heavy bandaging around his head.

Asked about the incident by Sky Sports, Mason responded emphatically: “Red card. Absolute red card. I can’t believe it wasn’t given as a red card.

“I can’t believe the referee was not told to have a look. I’m shocked - especially when you think of some of the red cards for tackles recently.

“It was an avoidable action. The player’s safety has been put in danger. I’m shocked and disappointed.”

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