Skrtel was sent off against England.

Martin Skrtel claims Harry Kane 'provoked' him into getting sent-off

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Harry Kane may not have been too impressive for England against Slovakia last weekend, but it appears he had a big part to play in the win.

The Spurs star was brought off late in the second-half, while the scores were still 0-0. But that doesn’t mean he didn’t play a big part in Adam Lallana’s last-minute winner.

Kane struggled against the forceful Martin Skrtel for much of the match - well, that was until the former Liverpool defender was sent-off.

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The now Fenerbahce central defender was booked for an elbow on Kane during the first half and was lucky to remain on the pitch after he tripped the same player.

If you thought Skrtel would come out in the second half and tread carefully, you’d be very much mistaken. The erratic defender fouled Kane on the touchline - with the referee decided that he wasn’t worthy of a second yellow.

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But Serbian official Milorad Mazic had no alternative after Skrtel upended Kane once again, before stamping on his leg.

However, Skrtel insists that he has nothing personal against Kane but believes he ‘provoked’ him into getting sent-off.

Skrtel blames Kane

"There is nothing (negative) between us," Skrtel told a Slovakian paper, per the Mirror.

"Kane knew that I got yellow card so maybe he received instructions, and he approached me more closely, went into every clash with me and attempted to provoke me (into getting booked again)."

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Skrtel blames the ref

But Skrtel has another explanation for his dismissal. He thinks that Mazic treated him differently to other players on the pitch - something he claims has happened on numerous occasions.

"From the very first minute, he was warning me that he was watching me," Skrtel said of the Serbian official.

"In the tunnel, he told Matus Kozacik (Slovakia's keeper) that there is always only a problem with me.

"It’s not the first time that referees have looked at me differently than other players."


Or maybe it was the fact you fouled the same player four times and then stamped on him?

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