Tunnel Footage Shows Jota Apologising to Skipp After High Boot During Liverpool Spurs Tie

Tunnel Footage Shows Jota Apologising to Skipp After High Boot During Liverpool Spurs Tie

Elijah Odetokun
updated at May 3, 2023 at 11:20 AM
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  • Liverpool's Diogo Jota got away with just a yellow card after a boot to Oliver Skipp's face
  • The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder was left blooded by the high kick and was substituted
  • The two players called a truce in the tunnel after the game in a display of sportsmanship

Diogo Jota and Oliver Skipp appeared to have reached a truce, after the incident involving the two during Liverpool's 4-3 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on Sunday.

The Reds raced into a 3-0 lead within 15 minutes of the first half but went to sleep, allowing Spurs to get back in it and draw level in the 93rd minute.

It was not to be for Tottenham who, despite their late fightback, succumbed to a last-minute defeat after Lucas Moura's misplaced pass allowed Jota to slot past Fraser Forster for the winner.

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Diogo Jota plants a high boot into Oliver Skipp's face. Photo by Michael Regan.
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The winner angered Spurs fans, who felt the Portuguese should have been sent off after planting a high boot to the face of Skipp, which left the Englishman blooded and forced his substitution, according to talkSPORT.

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Jota apologises to Skipp

The centre referee deemed the incident an accident, and even the video assistant referee (VAR) agreed that a yellow card was enough punishment for the offence.

Jota's boot has also generated public spats between Jurgen Klopp and Spurs interim manager, Ryan Mason, who said it was the most obvious red card he had ever seen.

The 30-year-old, whose career tragically ended at 25 due to a severe head injury, used the post-match interview to question why referee, Paul Tierney did not issue Jota his marching orders.

In response, Klopp told Mason to focus on other things.

After the game, however, Jota and Skipp met in the tunnel and called a truce. According to a video published on Liverpool FC YouTube, the two embraced and put the incident behind them.

Klopp injures hamstring

Sports Brief also reported on Liverpool manager, Klopp apparently pulling a muscle while celebrating Jota's late winner against Spurs.

The 55-year-old quickly sprinted away in joy after the goal, before stopping and clutching his leg in what appeared to be a painful accident.

Klopp said after the game that he might have injured his adductor, quipping that if he were a player, he would have been out for six weeks.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.