Harry Kane penalty: Peter Crouch has his say on Spurs’ controversial spot-kick vs Brighton


Harry Kane and Mo Salah are two first-class players who rarely stay out of the spotlight for too long.

Whether they are single-handedly driving their teams to three points or crafting moments of individual genius, both Kane and Salah rarely go a week without making their mark. 

But the scintillating pair were at the heart of a different type of conversation over the course of the Premier League weekend, one that divided supporters and pundits alike. 

Both players won penalties for their respective sides which were embroiled in controversy. 

Against West Ham United, Salah went down under the challenge of Arthur Masuaku, who made slight contact with the back of the Egyptian’s leg. 

VAR saw no reason to overturn the decision but the debate rumbled on in the aftermath of proceedings, and the ease at which Salah fell to the ground was discussed on Match of the Day.

Regular studio guest Danny Murphy suggested “nobody wants to see it” and identified Salah’s decision to go to ground as a symptom of the modern game: if you don’t go to ground, you won’t be awarded a penalty.

But the penalty controversy didn’t start and end with Salah.

Indeed, Graham Scott’s decision to penalise Adam Lallana for a perceived foul on Kane induced an equally large discussion on Sunday evening. 

The former Liverpool playmaker challenged for a header on the 18-yard line but Spurs’ talisman failed to make a challenge. 

Rather than compete for the header, Kane waited for Lallana and backed into his opposite number as he jumped into the air.

Naturally, the players collided and, following a VAR review, a penalty was dubiously awarded.

The incident was on the agenda for the Match of the Day pundits on Sunday night, but the discussion took on a different tone to that expressed in regard to the awarding of Liverpool’s penalty.

Former England striker Peter Crouch had this to say about Scott’s decision at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. 

“Let’s be honest Harry Kane knows what he’s doing.

“He’s looked at him twice and he’s thought if he can get his body in there he knows Lallana is going to jump and he could potentially get a foul.

“He’s played him and as you say Lallana’s only got his eyes on the ball, so I do feel a bit for Lallana in that situation but Harry Kane’s won a penalty”

Two pieces of starkly contrasting analysis from the Match of the Day team. 

Though there were differences between the two incidents, they were fundamentally the same: both players went down following challenges from behind, using their knowledge and experience to draw contact in the penalty area. 

However, the contempt that was shown towards Salah was absent in the Kane discussion.

Liverpool fans may be feeling a touch aggrieved by the inconsistency on display here.

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