Why Harry Kane was not sent off for Tottenham vs Liverpool


Why Harry Kane was not sent off for Tottenham vs Liverpool

Tottenham 2-Liverpool 2

Sunday’s late Premier League kick-off saw Tottenham and Liverpool play out an enthralling clash in north London.

Harry Kane would fire Spurs into the lead after just 13 minutes:

Diogo Jota then put Liverpool back on level terms after 35 minutes, before Andy Robertson made it 2-1 69 minutes in.

Liverpool could not maintain their lead, though, and would see Heung-min Son snatch a point for Tottenham following an Alisson error.

Why Harry Kane was not sent off vs Liverpool

One of the game’s more controversial moments, though, was not a goal and instead came when Harry Kane lunged into a tackle on Andy Robertson.

Kane was shown a yellow card, but many believed it was a red and opted to point towards ‘England captain privilege’ as the reason Kane was not given his marching orders.

Now though, former referee Peter Walton has explained why Kane was not sent off.

Writing in The Times, Walton stated:

 “The law is strict when a player lunges in as Kane did. Whether it is from the front, side or back, a challenge like that always risks a red card, especially when contact is made above the ankle. If the on-field referee, Paul Tierney, had considered the incident to be serious foul play at speed, it would have been fair to send him off.

“What saves the England striker is that Robertson’s foot was not planted. The Liverpool man’s raised leg limited the force of the tackle and convinced Tierney that there was no serious foul play. Both a booking and a red card are justifiable, therefore the referee did not make a clear and obvious error, and VAR was correct not to intervene.”

Quotes via football.london.

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