Modric: Cattermole could have finished my career

TOTTENHAM midfielder Luka Modric has let rip at Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole, accusing the England Under-21 international of endangering his career.

Cattermole, who has been warned by his own manager to clean up his act having already been sent off twice this season, was involved in an ugly flashpoint midway through the second-half of Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane.

The 22-year-old left Modric nursing a swollen knee after a studs-up challenge, for which he only received a yellow card from referee Howard Webb, and the Croatia playmaker believes it is high time the likes of Cattermole learned to curb their aggression in order to protect the safety of their fellow professionals.
“Players who tackle like that need to think before making a tackle because they can ruin careers of friends and professionals,” he said.

“He should have been sent off. I can’t show you now but there is a big swelling on my knee and he should have got a red card but the referee decided differently.

“When you see tackles like that, it is a little upsetting, and if they are not punished properly then even more so.

“I jumped and if I stayed with my legs on the floor it would have been even worse. Thank God everything finished well.”