Sissoko escapes red card after push and headbutt on Redmond during Spurs loss at Southampton

With three minutes to go in the Premier League clash, the Spurs midfielder clashed with Redmond, firstly shoving him in the chest.

He then planted his head into the Southampton attacker's face.

Incredibly referee Kevin Friend only issued Sissoko with a yellow card, and brandished the same to Redmond.

That means it would be extremely unlikely any further action would be taken as the referee had clearly witnessed the incident.

It capped off a miserable day on the south coast for Mauricio Pochettino's side as they fell to a 2-1 defeat.

But despite the Saints bagging the three points, fans were left shocked that the French midfielder was not sent off.

Jojes Gikeri tweeted that it was "the easiest sending off you'll possibly see anywhere in a football match".

Elliot Hackney writes that "Redmond nearly got decapitated by Sissoko, there" while Ben Carrell is adamant "Sissoko should have gone there".

Another wrote that the "standard of officiating in the Premier League is getting worse, and that "The FA have a lot to answer for".

Mason Dawson describes the booking as "a joke".

It comes just two weeks after Harry Kane escaped a three-match ban for pushing his head in the face of Chelsea star Cesar Azpilicueta.

The Spurs striker and England skipper had an anxious wait to see if there would be any action over the clash of heads in the 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge.

Referee Andre Marriner, who was around ten yards from the incident, told the FA that he had seen the clash and deemed it was not worthy of any action at the time.

That ended the possibility of Kane – who was later booked for a separate incident with David Luiz – being sanctioned under FA regulations.

Had Marriner said he had not witnessed the clash, it would have been referred to the panel of three ex-referees to determine if it was a red card offence.

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