Former West Ham United striker turned pundit, Frank McAvennie, has voiced strong criticism against Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario for his conduct during Spurs’ recent commanding 4-1 victory against Newcastle United.
He expressed his belief that Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou would not have been pleased with Vicario’s actions during the match.
Spurs beat the Magpies 4-1 in a rather convincing manner earlier this month. Destiny Udogie opened the scoring and Richarlison scored a brace before Heung-min Son scoring a penalty towards the end of the game to seal the win.
But it was their Italian keeper who became one of the talking points for an incident during the game.
Vicario was seen winding Callum Wilson up by making faces at him as he caught the ball from an attempted cross.
Post-game, a heated clash ensued between Vicario and Wilson, leading to the Newcastle player calling out the Tottenham shot-stopper for what he deemed disrespectful behavior.
McAvennie, speaking to Football Insider, condemned Vicario’s actions, stating that such conduct from players undermines the team’s prospects of success
He emphasised the importance of maintaining respect on the field and suggested that Postecoglou would have likely addressed the issue with Vicario following the match
Speaking to Football Insider, he said:
“There’s a certain way to win games. But Vicario should not be doing that, not in the game. Tottenham won’t win anything. It’s a total lack of respect from the goalkeeper but he kept doing it and giving it all that.
“If that’s what they’re having to do to beat Newcastle, then I’m sure Ange sorted him out afterwards, he would have been annoyed with him and said something after the game. He would want to much more than that.”