Harry Kane says yellow card for lunge on Andy Robertson was right call

Harry Kane insists he did NOT deserve a red card for his challenge on Andy Robertson… and claims Liverpool full-back even AGREED with him and said: ‘I don’t think it was a foul’

  • Kane was booked for a lunge on Andy Robertson in Spurs’ draw with Liverpool 
  • England captain felt the referee, Paul Tierney, made the right decision on Sunday
  • Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was furious with the referee after the incident
  • Kane scored only his second Premier Leaugue goal of the season in 2-2 draw 

Harry Kane insisted his challenge on Andy Robertson did not warrant a sending off and that referee Paul Tierney made the right call by only booking him.

The Spurs striker scored only his second Premier League goal of the season early in the first half of the 2-2 draw against Liverpool, but could have been dismissed shortly afterward for a lunge on Robertson.

Kane appeared to catch the Scotland international flush on his ankle with studs showing and was booked by Tierney. The decision enraged Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, but it was upheld after a VAR check.

Harry Kane felt he didn’t deserve to be sent off for a lunge on Liverpool’s Andy Robertson 

Speaking after the game, Kane dismissed the suggestion he had been lucky to remain on the pitch.  

‘I thought it was a strong tackle but I won the ball. I haven’t seen it back,’ he told Sky Sports.

‘When you’re playing against top sides and fighting for points, sometimes there are going to be strong tackles. They’ve obviously checked it, it stayed as a yellow card and we move on.’

The England captain then revealed that Robertson, who saw red in the second half himself, agreed with the decision. 

Ex-Reds midfielder Jamie Redknapp said that Robertson was lucky his foot was not grounded

Kane lunged in on Robertson less than 20 minutes into Liverpool’s trip to Tottenham 

‘On the pitch, it didn’t feel like [a red card was deserved],’ he continued.

‘Even Andy [Robertson], on the pitch, said “No, you just caught my foot – don’t think it was a foul.” Sometimes, when you slow stuff down in football, it makes it look worse than what it is. 

‘That’s what VAR is there for and we get on with the game – we look for the positives and what we can now do in a busy period.’

Coming after three postponements – Spurs’ trip to Burnley on November 28 was called off because of bad weather, before their games against Brighton and Leicester last week were called off because of a COVID outbreak – the draw against Liverpool extended Tottenham’s unbeaten run in the Premier League to five games since Antonio Conte replaced Nuno Espirito Santo last month. 

The England captain pleaded his case to referee Paul Tierney following the questionable tackle

Tierney brandished a yellow card as Robertson remained on the turf and was clearly in pain

While they are still chasing a first win against Liverpool in four years, Kane felt Spurs should not be too unhappy with the result. 

‘It was a great game to be involved in and, I’m sure, a great game to watch as well,’ he continued. [There were] plenty of chances at both ends; we had some clear chances that we had to do better with, to be honest. 

‘Overall, it was a tough battle against a very good side. It’s a point – obviously we want to win these games but we move on to the next one now.’

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