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Spurs ace Danny Rose apologises after feisty battle at Stamford Bridge

Danny Rose has said sorry for setting a bad example after frustrations boiled over during Tottenham’s bad-tempered 2-2 draw with Chelsea, which spelt the end of Spurs’ Premier League title challenge and confirmed Leicester as champions.

There was no love lost at Stamford Bridge as a feisty encounter produced 12 yellow cards as well as two mass brawls.

Tottenham and Chelsea may yet face retrospective action from the FA, with Mousa Dembele likely to receive a rebuke after he appeared to claw his fingers down Diego Costa’s face.

Rose, who sparked the first brawl after clashing with Willian and was booked, said: “It is not nice for kids to see. I apologise if it looked bad on TV,” Rose said. “It is a London derby. It is to be expected. We wanted to win and they wanted to stop us in the title race.

“There are no bad words to say about Chelsea. These are the games you want to be part of. It was a great game.”

Erik Lamela appeared to tread on Cesc Fabregas’ hand, Eric Dier was lucky not to be sent off and Costa leaned his head into Jan Vertonghen’s face.

The ill-feeling continued after the game as another scrum saw Hiddink fall to the ground.

“I couldn’t tell you what happened, it was just handbags being thrown,” Rose said.

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