However, the pundits speaking on Sky Sports didn’t agree with the Tottenham striker, saying he went down too easily.
‘He makes a tired tackle,’ said Kane. ‘If I’m on the halfway line I get it, when you’re in the box it’s 50/50.’
Harry Kane felt he should’ve had a penalty in the final moments of Spurs’ draw with Arsenal
Sokratis appeared to push him over, but many pundits believe he went down too softly
MARK CLATTENBURG’S VIEW
Martin Atkinson controlled a thrilling North London derby with great experience and it was an excellent decision not to award Spurs a penalty when Harry Kane went down late on.
Kane used his body and leg to initiate the contact with Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos and it was not a penalty. VAR would have checked the incident but Atkinson’s on-field decision was correct.
Should Kane be booked for simulation? I would say not as there is contact.
PGMOL will be happy with the use of VAR after such a bad day on Saturday.
‘The ref probably thinks I’m looking for it,’ Kane continued, which was a sentiment shared by the likes of Graeme Souness, Jose Mourinho, and Jamie Redknapp.
‘I think he’s looking for it,’ said Souness. ‘[Sokratis] has got his hands on his back which makes it look like a penalty, but he’s ready to go down. I’m not sure if Harry’s really convinced.’
Sokratis looked to push into the back of Harry Kane as he went down, but not with much force.
‘That kind of contact would not justify that fall,’ concluded Souness.
‘Harry’s looking for it,’ said Redknapp, but did question why Sokratis was leading with his hands to start with. ‘Why even lay hands on him?’
Former Manchester United and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho also didn’t believe it should’ve been a penalty, but would not have been surprised had it been given.
The game ended 2-2, with goals from Christian Eriksen, Kane, Lacazette, and Aubameyang
‘I’ve seen penalties for less,’ he said. ‘But I don’t think [it’s a penalty]. Without VAR I would say no for sure, but with VAR now everybody’s at risk. I’ve seen in other countries where VAR is in practice for a couple of years, I’ve seen worse.’
The game was finely poised at 2-2, after Christian Eriksen opened the scoring for Spurs and Kane scored a penalty in the first half.
Alexandre Lacazette got a goal back just before half-time, and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang poked the ball home to equalise after 71 minutes.
Both teams went looking for a win in what became a very open game in the final 10 minutes.