Maddison’s gesture towards Italy keeper Vicario explained

Rome: Vicario is in the spotlight in North London after conceding similar goals from set pieces against Manchester City and Everton.

Spurs were held to a 2-2 draw by Everton on Saturday but the Toffees’ first goal caused debate in England as Vicario appeared to be fouled by Jack Harrison. Nevertheless, neither referee Michael Oliver nor VAR saw a foul on the ex-Empoli keeper, so Everton’s equaliser stood.

Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou said referees seem reluctant to make decisions on these incidents and defended Vicario.

However, one of Vicario’s teammates, England international Maddison, appeared to suggest to the Italy keeper how to avoid contact with Everton players during the half-time break.

As reported by Football London, Maddison was caught talking to Vicario while on their way to the tunnel.

The Italy international ‘was captured deep in discussion with Maddison, which saw the latter gesture his hands down, potentially telling the goalkeeper he must keep his feet planted and stay strong in an attempt to perhaps win a free kick with Everton players likely to continue targeting him at set-pieces,’ explained Football London.

TNT Sports pundits Joe Cole and Ally McCoist blamed Vicario, saying Harrison “didn’t do enough to foul the goalkeeper.”