Harry Kane opened the scoring in Tottenham ’s 2-1 win over Brighton on Sunday night after being awarded a controversial penalty by referee Graham Scott.
Jose Mourinho ’s men had to work hard for their second straight Premier League victory, with Gareth Bale coming off the bench to score a late winner after Tariq Lamptey brought the visitors level in the 56th minute.
It was Kane who fired Spurs in front at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, albeit in controversial fashion when he appeared to have been felled on the edge of the area by Adam Lallana.
After consultation with VAR, Scott deemed Lallana’s foul to have actually taken place inside the box, allowing Kane to sweep the ball past Robert Sanchez and break the deadlock.
The Professional Game Match Officials Board, the governing body for match officials in English football, have since confirmed that the spot-kick was given because Kane’s foot was on the line.
Scott’s decision to award the foul was not considered a clear and obvious error, meaning there was no need for the on-field referee to analyse it on the pitchside monitor.
Kane’s penalty was not the only controversial moment in north London on Sunday evening, nevertheless, as Lamptey’s equaliser also proved contentious.
Spurs stars were left furious when Solly March appeared to bring Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg down before the ex-Chelsea man levelled proceeding, with several of them stopping to appeal for the foul.
This time Scott did go to the pitchside monitor for a helping hand, but he decided to stick with his original decision and allow Lamptey’s strike to stand.
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Former Crystal Palace striker Clinton Morrison felt the decision was the wrong one, saying on BBC Radio 5 Live: “A foul is a foul. For me he doesn't get enough of the ball.
“It is poor refereeing. VAR got that right, they told him to go and look at the monitor because it is not right. He has made a mistake and he didn't want to change his decision.”
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