Football news - Ben Mee defends tackle that broke Gomez's leg

Mee defends tackle that broke Gomez's leg

10/12/2018 at 20:25Updated 10/12/2018 at 22:23

Ben Mee has defended his tackle which broke the leg of Liverpool defender Joe Gomez.

The Burnley centre-back collided heavily with his opposite number during his side’s 3-1 defeat at Turf Moor last Wednesday.

Gomez, who has just signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract with Liverpool, was taken off on a stretcher and will now be out of action for six weeks.

"I don't think anything was wrong with my tackle personally," said Mee. "You can't take tackles out of the game."

It came after Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp asked referee Stuart Attwell to stop Sean Dyche’s men from being overly physical during the contest.

But Mee said that the tackle was simply "part of the game".

He continued: "I've seen Liverpool make tackles and get the crowd up and things like that. For me, you can play fair, but you can also play hard as well.

" We're at the bottom of the table and we need to get out of it, so we're obviously going to work our socks off to win games. It was just unfortunate and I send my best wishes to him [Gomez]."

Dyche also defended the tackle, saying, before the news broke that Gomez had a fracture, that it was "fantastic".