sport news Revisiting Chelsea and Tottenham's Battle of the Bridge four years on

It was the game former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg revealed 'was by far the hardest match' he ever had to officiate. 

The Battle of the Bridge, as it became known in the days afterwards, saw Chelsea put an end to the title hopes of their fierce rivals Tottenham - and hand Leicester the most unlikely of crowns in the process.

But rather than being remembered as the game which officially sealed the trophy for Claudio Ranieri and his men, the clash stands out for being the most ill-tempered, shameful contest in recent memory.

Mark Clattenburg dishes out one of 12 yellow cards during the Battle of the Bridge in 2016

Mark Clattenburg dishes out one of 12 yellow cards during the Battle of the Bridge in 2016

From Mousa Dembele gouging the eye of Diego Costa, to Willian pointing out his Premier League winners badge to Danny Rose after a shoving match, and Guus Hiddink tumbling into the dugout during a melee after the final whistle, the encounter was filled with enough controversy to fill 10 London derbies.

Spurs struggled to keep their composure as they threw away a two-goal lead, eventually finishing with the game with a record nine bookings. To the disbelief of everyone watching, neither side had a man sent off. 

Clattenburg later admitted that he should have shown red cards to Dembele and Eric Dier, and would have been justified in dismissing a couple more players too. 

Unsurprisingly, both clubs were charged for the poor behaviour of their stars and staff by the FA, with fines of more than £600,000 dished out in total.

Here, Sportsmail revisits one of the Premier League's most infamous games, exactly four years to the day since it gripped football fans across the world.

Mousa Dembele (left) and Diego Costa clash during the ill-tempered 2-2 draw four years ago

Mousa Dembele (left) and Diego Costa clash during the ill-tempered 2-2 draw four years ago

THE BATTLE OF THE BRIDGE, MAY 2, 2016

CHELSEA 2-2 TOTTENHAM

CHELSEA (4-3-3): Begovic; Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic (Oscar 78); Willian, Fabregas, Pedro (Hazard 46); Costa.

Scorers: Cahill 58, Hazard 83.

Manager: Guus Hiddink.

TOTTENHAM (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld (Chadli 90), Vertonghen, Rose (Davies 82); Dier, Dembele; Lamela, Eriksen, Son (Mason 65); Kane.

Scorers: Kane 35, Son 44.

Manager: Mauricio Pochettino.

Referee: Mark Clattenburg.

*Booked players in bold

'It was always going to boil over,' said John Terry, after helping ensure Tottenham's 26-year run without a win at Stamford Bridge had been extended.

'A couple of times it got out of hand but players are fighting for points and titles. It's emotions - that's football.' 

The Chelsea skipper's attempts to play down what had just happened fell on deaf ears. The fights - and not the football - is all people would speak about for days.

It took just seven minutes for the first flashpoint to occur on the evening of May 2, 2016, when John Obi Mikel and Dembele squared up following a disagreement off the ball. It would prove to be a sign of things to come.

Six minutes later, Rose was given a final warning by referee Clattenburg for a lunge on Costa. Shortly after that, Cesc Fabregas made sure he took a chunk of Dier as he slid in to win the ball.

Kyle Walker and Pedro began their battle down Chelsea's left side, exchanging words and a couple of sly kicks before the Spurs man became the first player to go into the book on 27 minutes for scything down the former Barcelona winger.

Mauricio Pochettino's men quickly regained their composure and gave their chances of winning a first league title since 1961 a boost in the 35th minute.

Erik Lamela played a perfect through ball to Harry Kane, who rounded Asmir Begovic to put the visitors into the lead with his 25th goal of the season.

The trouble began again just three minutes later, however, with Jan Vertonghen becoming the second Spurs star to see yellow after grabbing Costa by the neck as he attempted to take issue with a late tackle from Dembele.

Despite the rising levels of frustration, Tottenham continued to dominate the game and extended their lead shortly before the break when Son Heung-min's powerful, low shot whistled past Begovic.   

And then it all kicked off. Just moments before the half-time whistle, Rose flew in on Willian with a high, crunching tackle right on the touchline, provoking a furious reaction from the Brazilian.

Son Heung-min begins his celebration after firing Tottenham into a 2-0 lead on the night

Son Heung-min begins his celebration after firing Tottenham into a 2-0 lead on the night

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen pushes Costa in the back during the opening period

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen pushes Costa in the back during the opening period

Danny Rose takes out Willian with a high challenge on the touchline just before half-time

Danny Rose takes out Willian with a

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