Referees’ chiefs respond to Chelsea's image that shows Harry Kane was offside before penalty

Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea - Carabao Cup: Semi-Final First Leg

It’s fair to say Tottenham’s 1-0 win over Chelsea in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg was controversial.

Harry Kane scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot - but that doesn’t tell the whole story.

Kane was originally flagged offside when Toby Alderweireld played the ball forward.

However, with VAR in use, Michael Oliver decided to let play continue.

It resulted in Kane being brought down by Kepa Arrizabalaga.

VAR needed to clear a few things up.

Was Kane offside? And was Kane fouled by Kepa?

VAR concluded that Kane was onside and that it was a penalty.

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However, after the match, images surfaced appearing to show Kane was actually offside.

A Chelsea club analyst had produced his own camera angle and mocked up lines on the pitch to prove his point.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was seen holding a laptop showing the Spurs striker in an offside position.

“Our camera was in line with Harry Kane, it was offside,” Sarri said.

However, referees’ chiefs have responded to that image.

According to The Times, “A source close to the Professional Games Match Officials Ltd (PGMOL), the body of elite referees, say Chelsea’s angle was not definitive and the snapshot was taken after the ball had been played and not when it was played.”

The source added that “the ball is blurred in Chelsea’s picture of the incident indicating that an earlier frame would have been more accurate.”

The report went on to suggest that “the line the club analyst used to indicate Kane was offside may also not have been accurate if the angle of the shot was not properly calibrated.

"The PGMOL advise broadcasters not to superimpose their own line to check offside decisions as they may not be accurate enough.”

So, that settles it.

Maybe VAR was correct after all...

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