It was certainly a feisty affair at The Emirates, punctuated by Erik Lamela’s red card for two bookable offences, but things could have gone worse for Tottenham Hotspur if the referee or VAR had decided to intervene with an incident involving Harry Kane.
With roughly 20 minutes to go, the Tottenham man barged into Arsenal’s Gabriel (DAZN, via @GoonerArmchair) in a rather physical manner, but didn’t receive any form of punishment, with the referee not even awarding a free-kick for the incident.
A decision which Halsey, speaking exclusively to This Is Futbol, said was rather surprising to him as he felt he could have been punished for what he deemed a ‘reckless’ challenge:
“I’m surprised, I mean I thought Michael [Oliver] refereed the game well, but on this occasion I was surprised that Harry Kane wasn’t pulled up for a reckless challenge and cautioned for his actions. I know a lot of people have said “it was an act of violent conduct, he should have been sent off”, but it wasn’t an act of violent conduct, he was challenging for the ball, it was reckless.”
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Kane can really consider himself lucky on this occasion when you go back and look at the footage, because if that had gone to VAR then the referee could have interpreted the whole thing differently and produced a red card. Something which would have put Tottenham in major trouble going forward if he found himself suspended for a few games.