By London correspondent Tony Hughes
The penalty dispute involving Heung-Min Son and Erik Lamela was “embarrassing” for Tottenham, according to Stan Collymore.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side were already 2-0 up in last Sunday’s Premier League clash against Manchester City when Dele Alli was sent tumbling, prompting referee Andre Marriner to point to the spot.
Spurs had an opportunity to put the game to bed but, with Harry Kane out injured, a debate began as to who should take the penalty.
Lamela grabbed the ball ahead of Son, who has been in excellent goalscoring form in recent weeks and tried to snatch the ball from the Argentine.
Only an intervention by Danny Rose stopped the duo having a full-scale argument in the penalty area frver who deserved to take responsibility from 12 yards.
Lamela eventually took the spot kick – only to see his effort saved by Claudio Bravo – and Collymore has criticised both players for being involved in a public dispute.
“Players squabbling over penalties is one of the most embarrassing things in football,” Collymore told the Mirror, as quoted by the Evening Standard. “Tottenham’s Erik Lamela and Heung-min Son were guilty of that against Manchester City.
“Usually, when the regular penalty taker is out, a manager will ask, ‘Who’s on penalties?’ and someone will say, ‘Me’.
“It doesn’t look like that question was asked and I do wonder whether foreign managers grasp that particular tradition of football on these shores,” he added.
Despite spurning the opportunity, Pochettino’s side secured the three points they needed to cut City’s lead at the top of the table to a solitary point.
In other Tottenham news, Spurs are to reignite their pursuit of this international in January.