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Ange Postecoglou refuses to be angry at what Arsenal star did to Tottenham player

Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou has refused to be drawn into what happened between Arsenal star and his players last weekend

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Ange Postecoglou has downplayed the significance of Ben White’s actions involving Guglielmo Vicario’s gloves during Tottenham’s recent defeat to Arsenal in the North London derby.

Moments before Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s own goal gave Arsenal the lead on Sunday, White was observed attempting to undo the Velcro on Vicario’s glove as Bukayo Saka prepared to take a corner kick. White then collided with Vicario for Arsenal’s third goal before halftime, leading to a goal by Kai Havertz from Declan Rice’s corner.

Postecoglou responded to the incident, stating, “It’s a strategy. You can label it but it’s a strategy. I don’t take a lot of interest in that stuff, never have. I’m not casting judgement, but I just don’t really care.

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“If people are going to think that’s going to give them an advantage or whatever, I just don’t worry about that stuff. I just try to focus on building teams that win things.”

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Regarding whether Vicario was affected by White’s actions, Postecoglou remarked, “You know what? If it’s not going to be that then it’s going to be something else. Who cares? 

“I know it’s great theatre. Whether he’s trying to undo his glove, tickle his armpit, or whatever, I don’t care. I try to get my players not to worry about that stuff, not focus on that stuff.”

He further added, “Spurs have now asked for clarity from the Professional Game Match Officials Limited [PGMOL] on the rules around obstructing goalkeepers. You’re allowed to reach out to them [the PGMOL]. They’re not a hidden society. I’m sure all the clubs do. We seek clarification in case certain things have changed.”

Postecoglou also expressed surprise at the lack of clarity from PGMOL, stating, “You never know. We just wanted some clarity on what the actual position is on interference on the goalkeeper. I’m ancient, mate, but I always thought that the goalkeeper was a bit of a protected species. Maybe that’s shifted now and I missed the memo.”

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