Harry Kane embarrasses himself with comments after dive fails to win penalty against Newcastle United
Harry Kane is claiming that he and Tottenham were hard done by on Sunday.
The Spurs striker stating that it was definitely a penalty as he crumbled to the floor when Jamaal Lascelles fell in the penalty area.
Considering how many decisions have gone their way previously against Newcastle, especially when the striker wasn’t sent off after a cowardly tackle from behind put Lejeune out of action for some time in the opening match two seasons ago, Harry Kane amusingly stating that Tottenham didn’t have the ‘rub of the green’ on Sunday.
Harry Kane says ‘it is hard to take’ that the penalty wasn’t given. What is clear is that this all sounds a bit desperate to cover up a really poor game from the England striker and his teammates.
Stan Collymore called it correctly, saying that Kane’s dive was embarrassing and that it was a big step forward if VAR was going to stop rewarding players who went down just because they felt the slightest contact.
Former top referee Dermot Gallagher also said that Mike Dean and VAR were right not to give Harry Kane the penalty.
Kane would be doing himself a favour not talking at length about it and complaining he didn’t get the penalty, as it just draws further attention to his diving which doesn’t get the criticism it deserves.
Harry Kane talking to Sky Sports:
“It is hard to understand how it hasn’t been given.
“Just like when a keeper comes out, uses his arms and trips you up, it’s a penalty.
“I kind of tripped over his (Jamaal Lascelles) arm and then his body.
“Whether it was deliberate or not, from my point of view it is hard to take.
“It is there to help the referee on the pitch. That being said he didn’t know, he couldn’t see.
“That’s where VAR is there to help him out.
“If he had said ‘no penalty’ and the VAR said it was a 50-50, you can agree.
“I don’t know what the conversation was – whether he said he didn’t see it or not, but from my point of view, it’s hard to understand. That’s the way football goes sometimes.
“Sometimes you are going to get the rub of the green with VAR, sometimes not. I felt it didn’t go our way against Newcastle.
“I’ve always said offsides are definite because there is a kind of guarantee.
“It is the 50-50 ones (decisions) that are always going to be hard. They are never going to take away that speculation because like against Newcastle, it is always a matter of opinion.
“It’s there to help the referees, so we have to adapt to it. This is the first season of it in the Premier League. There are things that they will maybe get right and wrong. We just have to accept it and get on with it.
“It is still going to take a lot of hard work.
“As you’re seeing from Manchester City and Liverpool there is no letting up from them.
“I said before the start of the season that if we could put a run together, get that momentum, maybe winning for two to three months on the spin without dropping any points, then that’s what it’s going to take.
“I knew we had to keep up with them, make sure we win, especially at home. It is disappointing that we haven’t done that in only our second home game.
“There is still a long way to go, there are a lot of big games ahead of us. It just means we are going to have to pick up points in the big games, the tough games and try to improve on what we did against Newcastle. It’s a disappointing start but there is a long way to go.”
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