Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Gary Lineker details ‘very harsh’ VAR decision against forward Harry Kane
Taking to Twitter, former Tottenham Hotspur hero Gary Lineker revealed that he believes it was “very harsh” to chalk off Harry Kane‘s goal in the defeat to Chelsea. Kane thought he had put his side ahead in the first half, only for VAR to rule it out after it adjudged that Kane had fouled Thiago Silva in the build-up to the goal.
Things were made worse in the second half as Silva himself doubled the lead for Chelsea, heading into the Spurs goal from a free-kick on the flanks. Just how the match could have turned out otherwise is debatable.
Lineker shared his opinion on the incident and said that it was clever on Silva’s part to win the foul.
Kane found the bottom corner in the first half, but referee Paul Tierney blew his whistle after he thought that the striker fouled Silva. The decision was not well received by Kane and the rest of the Spurs players, and the team went into halftime feeling like they had been robbed of a legitimate goal.
Spurs boss Antonio Conte also rued the decision after the game ended, saying that it was incredible to see such an incident take centre stage in England. The Italian also claimed that in his native Italy, such a situation would have been ruled 50/50 and gone in favour of the striker.
Lineker disagreed with the referee’s decision in the match on social media, claiming that had the referee given the goal, VAR would not have intervened and ruled out the opener.
Lineker certainly seems to have a point regarding his opinion on the disallowed goal. Kane merely had a light touch on Silva in the build-up to the goal and the Brazilian certainly made a meal of it. Once the Chelsea defender went to the ground, the referee seemed to have been convinced that it was a foul.
We have seen contact in the box often being ruled out for a foul due to a lack of intent and the ease in which players have gone to the ground, and to see the referee blow his whistle for Kane’s alleged foul leaves a bitter taste in the mouth.
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Silva, with all his experience, should have known better than to go to ground that easily, but it was admittedly his years of playing at the top that taught him to use the situation to his advantage and win a foul in his team’s favour. After all, Kane’s touch left the defender in no man’s land with no hope for recovery.
The fact that we had our momentum taken away from us due to a harsh refereeing decision will sting for the next few days as we nurse this loss and look to bounce back quickly.