Chelsea v Tottenham: The Battle of the Bridge was the most controversial PL game of the decade

13 Chelsea and Tottenham players were booked during the Battle of the Bridge

The 2015/16 Premier League season was one of the most eventful in the history of English football.

Jose Mourinho's 2014/15 title-winning side crashed and burned in the early stages of the campaign, with the Special One sacked in December with the club wallowing in the bottom half.

Then - out of nowhere - Claudio Ranieri's Leicester side raced to the top of the table, despite being favourites for relegation before a ball was kicked.

Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City couldn't keep pace with the Foxes and Ranieri's side were on the cusp of glory when Spurs visited Stamford Bridge on May 2.

Guus Hiddink was now Chelsea manager on an interim basis and every Blues fans wanted their team to stop Spurs winning, a scenario which handed Leicester the title.

But the game was far more than just an entertaining 2-2 draw between two London rivals - it was the most controversial, shameful and pulsating Premier League game of the decade.

It's a game no one - particularly referee Mark Clattenburg - will ever forget.


So below, we've provided a video of all the dirty goings on from the game, including a litany of horrendous tackles, cowardly stamps and brawls.

Absolute chaos, so let's have a walk through all the events from the game.

The first clash came after just seven minutes, When Mousa Dembele took exception to a barge from John Obi Mikel, with both exchanging angry words under the referee's nose.

Shortly after, Kyle Walker picked up the first of the yellow card of the game for a poor challenge on Pedro Rodriguez, which would be the first of nine cautions for Spurs - and 13 in total.

After that, Jan Vertonghen appeared to elbow Diego Costa and rip the Spaniard's shirt by the halfway line, but the Belgian somehow escaped punishment.

Danny Rose and Willian then caused a fracas by the touchline, prompting Mauricio Pochettino to intervene on the pitch, sparking the first brawl of the game.

And during that brawl Dembele gouged Costa's eye, which resulted in a six-game retrospective game for the Belgian.

Still with us? Great, because there is far more debauchery to come. Late in the second-half, after Chelsea had found their equaliser, things started to turn REALLY ugly.

Erik Lamela infamously stamped on the hand of Cesc Fabregas as the Spaniard sat on the floor, but the incident was not spotted by the officials.

After that Eric Dier was inexcusably not sent off. The midfielder sparked the second brawl of the game with a dreadful challenge on Eden Hazard, for which he was booked.

Moments later, Dier scythed down Fabregas from behind - arguably an even worse challenge - and was not shown a second yellow card by Clattenburg.

But wait, there was more after the final whistle. Brawl number three broke out by the dugouts and the climax saw Hiddink knocked down a small flight of stairs.

And breathe! Has there ever been a game quite like it? Probably not and for the sake of the millions of kids watching the Premier League worldwide, let's hope it was a one time thing...


We'll end on a slightly higher note, the goals.

Harry Kane gave Spurs the lead on 35 minutes, with Heung-min Son doubling their advantage just before half-time.

Gary Cahill then gave Chelsea a lifeline, before Hazard fired past a helpless Hugo Lloris right at the death.

But apart from Hazard's strike, the goals from the game are a distant memory and instead, it's the violence that will remain in Premier League folklore.

VAR would have had a field day that summer night in 2016!

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