Jol warns Spurs over fines
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Martin Jol has warned his Tottenham squad they may be asked to pay any future fines.
Martin Jol has warned his Tottenham squad that they may be asked to pay any future FA fines if the club are caught up in any more unsavoury incidents.
In recent weeks the North Londoners have seen their discipline questioned, with a brawl in the 2-1 win over Middlesbrough resulting in charges being brought against both sides.
Spurs are considering an appeal against the charge resulting from an incident where Aaron Lennon and George Boateng became involved, before Didier Zokora rushed across to spark a mass pushing match.
Both Zokora and Boateng were shown a red card for their actions at White Hart Lane, and Spurs could now be on the receiving end of a reported £75,000 fine if found guilty of failing to control their players.
Jol's men were also involved in a confrontation at Blackburn earlier in the season when Hossam Ghaly was dismissed, and the Spurs boss says his players may have to foot the bill if any other incidents occur.
"I think The FA are right to charge us," Jol said.
"If you want discipline in football, you can't allow mass brawls. If they happen on the pitch then it sets a bad example to the supporters and to children watching.
"We had a similar situation at Blackburn and the only thing I can say is that next time we will pay the fines.
"We are not talking of amounts like £5,000 or £10,000 - it is more than that. I can't expect the club to be punished for things that we do on the pitch."
However Jol is supporting Zokora following his red card, insisting the Ivorian international was only trying to help despite making considerable ground to become involved in the flashpoint.
"In this case I thought Zokora was innocent with his intentions, he was not aggressive and tried to help," Jol added. "If you know the lad, he wouldn't hurt a fly.
"I saw it on TV again and he shouldn't have sprinted 25 yards.
"I said that we would be fined the next time something like this happened.
"But I also said that I wanted them to be more aggressive and not be viewed as a luxury team. This wasn't a good example of what I wanted."