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Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has weighed in on the Harry Kane debate after the Englishman was lucky to escape a red card on Sunday.
Kane caught Liverpool's left-back Andy Robertson late with a challenge that warranted the 28-year-old with a booking, but Jurgen Klopp and his side wanted more.
And they were only further aggravated when Robertson himself saw red when Paul Tierney went over to the monitor to check the challenge, which he didn't do for Kane.
And former official Clattenburg has now expressed his surprise that the Tottenham star wasn't given his marching orders on Sunday evening.
"If Harry Kane's lunge on Andy Robertson isn’t a red card then I’m not sure what is," Clattenburg wrote in the Daily Mail.
"The tackle is high, it’s above the ankle, studs are showing and it’s late. It didn’t have a good look to it from any angle.
"Andy Robertson sees the challenge coming from Harry Kane.
"He knows if he leaves his leg planted then there’s a good chance he’ll be getting stretchered out of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and spending Christmas in a moon boot.
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"By jumping out of the way, Robertson avoids serious damage.
"Kane gets away with his lunge as referee Paul Tierney shows only a yellow, with VAR Chris Kavanagh deciding it was not a clear and obvious error.
"I’d have shown Kane red.
"Just because you’re England captain doesn’t mean you have any special leeway to commit bad challenges. I never treated important English internationals any different.
"No referee should take that into account."
Jurgen Klopp was fuming at the officials at full-time, and the German could be seen exchanging words with referee Paul Tierney.
Klopp was then spotted waiting for the official in the tunnel.
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