Harry Kane winner controversially ruled out by VAR as Spurs fans blast ‘joke’ decision


Harry Kane was furious after his winner for Tottenham in Southampton was controversially rejected.

Stat thought he had scored the point after meeting Harry Winks at the top.

Harry Kane feeling disappointed after controversial VAR call


Harry Kane feeling disappointed after controversial VAR callcredit: Reuters
Antonio Conte's Tottenham was held at Southampton at one point


Antonio Conte’s Tottenham was held at Southampton at one pointcredit: Reuters
That's how close Kane came to scoring points for Spurs


That’s how close Kane came to scoring points for SpursCredits: Amazon Prime

But VAR dismissed it for offside – and it literally couldn’t have been any tighter.

And the decision left fans looking forward to the house as well.

One tweeted: “I thought these marginal, side edges were cut off? That goal from Kane shouldn’t be dismissed.”

Another wrote: “Why is it measured on Kane’s arm but not on the defenders?”

While another said: “It’s literally going to be perfectly timed. Seeing what the offside rule actually is for these perfect calls is really dumb as f***.”

After creating history at Spurs after this draw, boss Antonio Conte will celebrate with 7UP.

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But after 49 minutes against Tottenham’s Ten Men, they should have tasted victory with champagne.

Kane ensured that Conte became the first Spurs boss to remain unbeaten for his first SEVEN league matches.

Southampton captain James Ward-Pruce threatened to pierce through that record when he performed his trademark golf swing ceremony after firing up the hosts with a brilliant strike in the first half.

But Kane’s penalty four minutes before the break – which also resulted in the dismissal of Saints defender Mohamed Salisu – kept his manager’s fine start.

It could and probably should have been better for Conte.

But Kane had another attempt that was dismissed by VAR and Southampton keeper Fraser Forster was lucky to have ref Anthony Taylor score one of his goals as Spurs failed to pass the advantage to their extra man.

Yet we are talking Tottenham not winning when they extended their unbeaten love run to seven matches, showing just how far they have come under Conte since his appointment last month.

As far as the 10-man Saints are concerned, they should be happy with this tough bout on the back of their thrilling Boxing Day win at West Ham.

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttle made six changes to his starting line-up, revealing before kick-off that Che Adams had been dropped after testing positive for Covid.

James Ward-Prause opens stalemate for Southampton at 25 minutes


James Ward-Prause opens stalemate for Southampton at 25 minutescredit: getty

And the Austrians could do with their Scotland international striker when Shane Long squandered a good chance to give the hosts the lead in the sixth minute as Kyle Walker-Peters crossed wide.

Adam Armstrong then took the lead and Yann Valery ignited a long-range effort as the Saints made a bright start.

Ex-Spur Walker-Peters was booked for pulling back Sergio Reguilan as the Tottenham left wing-back threatened Harry Kane’s superb crossfield pass.

And with Son Heung-min’s resulting free-kick, Ben Davies thought he had taken the Londoners into the lead in the 15th minute – but his attempt was rightfully dismissed for offside.

But there was no dispute over Ward-Prause’s strike, which gave the Saints the lead in the 25th minute.

When the Tottenham defense failed to deflect Salisu’s long throw into their penalty area, the ball fell to the Saints captain, who was aiming just outside him.

And the midfielder shot Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris into the corner of the visitors net for the first time.

It was Ward-Prause’s fifth club goal of the campaign and no more than the Saints after their superiority in the opening exchanges.

Harry Kane then leveled for Tottenham from the penalty spot


Harry Kane then leveled for Tottenham from the penalty spotcredit: getty

Kane and Son each had attempts from outside the box with saves by home keeper Fraser Forster as Spurs struggled to find their way back into the game before the break.

And he found himself on par thanks to Kane’s 41st-minute penalty.

It was awarded by ref Anthony Taylor after Son was brought down by Salisu after Harry Winks advanced into the South Korean’s field from a defense-splitting pass.

Saints defender Salisu, who was booked for an earlier foul at Emerson Royal, was shown a red card after being booked for a foul.

And Kane made no mistake from the spot as he hit his penalty at the top corner.

The England captain has now netted three consecutive top-flight matches as he shrugs off fears caused by his first season’s form.

He has also been involved in 17 goals in 12 league starts against the Saints – 11 goals and six assists.

It looked like he had added another goal in the 53rd, but his touch and finish telling Winks through the ball was dismissed for offside by VAR Martin Atkinson.

The Saints made another let-off when their keeper Forster was seen tossing the ball into his own net after failing to collect a looping Winks cross.

But referee Taylor ruled that Spurs sub Matt Doherty had stopped the stopper.

Conte also dispatched Lucas Moura for the closing stages and the Brazilian had two shots saved by Forster.

While only a brilliant block from Spurs defender Davinson Sanchez kept Armando Broza from blowing up a last-gasp winner for Southampton.

Mohamed Salisu was given his marching orders for the saints after receiving two bookings.


Mohamed Salisu was given his marching orders for the saints after receiving two bookings.credit: getty


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