Harry Kane insisted he is not a diver after finding himself at the centre of penalty controversy for the second week running.
Kane fell to the ground in the box under pressure from Arsenal defender Sokratis as Tottenham chased a late winner in yesterday’s pulsating North London derby draw.
Defender Sokratis led the accusations that Kane had gone down too easily and the England captain’s penalty appeals were rejected by referee Martin Atkinson.
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
Kane was also denied a penalty in Spurs’ defeat by Newcastle after a VAR check.
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.
On the Arsenal incident, Kane said: ‘The defender made a tired tackle. On the halfway line, I think I’d get that foul. ‘The referee probably thinks I’m looking for it. It is 50-50, I could get it in some games. In the box, you don’t always get them. He’s come through the back of me.’
Spurs raced into a 2-0 lead but Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit back to earn Arsenal a point.
Despite Kane’s protests, many football pundits didn’t agree with the Spurs striker.
‘I think he’s looking for it,’ said Graeme Souness on Sky Sports after the match. ‘[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.
The game ended 2-2, with goals from Christian Eriksen, Kane, Lacazette, and Aubameyang
‘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.
‘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.’