Speaking to Football Transfer Tavern, former Premier League referee Mark Halsey has hinted that Harry Kane should have been punished for his role in a Spurs penalty claim in their draw with Wolves on Boxing Day.
Jose Mourinho’s side took the lead after just 57 seconds, as Tanguy Ndombele fired from distance to give the away side the ideal start at Molineux.
But they soaked up a considerable amount of pressure from then on and were left frustrated, as Romain Saiss headed home with four minutes remaining in the match to earn a point for Nuno Espírito Santo’s side on Saturday.
However, Spurs could have had the chance to snatch all three points when Harry Kane tumbled over in the penalty area, although there appeared to be minimal contact from the Wolves defender at the time. Referee Paul Tierney waved away the protests from the Spurs and England forward, as the game ended in a draw.
Kane escaped a booking for his role in the incident, but Halsey has admitted that the 27-year-old is gaining a reputation for simulation, before hinting that he should have received a yellow card.
“I think Harry is getting a reputation now, isn’t he? I think he’s initiated that contact going down and I don’t think anybody would’ve complained had he been cautioned for simulation in that situation.”
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This isn’t the first time that Kane has been involved in a similar incident, with the forward winning a penalty against Brighton and Hove Albion for backing into midfielder Adam Lallana, in search of a spot-kick, which was awarded at the time.
Kane has been impressive with his contribution so far this season, as he has scored 16 goals and been on hand to provide 13 assists in 23 appearances in all competitions this term for Jose Mourinho’s side.
With Spurs dropping to seventh in the Premier League table by Monday evening, they will be eager to get back to winning ways when they return to action against Fulham on Wednesday.