Dermot Gallagher delivers verdict on Tottenham incident v Hull
By Harvey Byrne
Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher believes Tottenham scored an offside goal in Sunday afternoon’s emphatic win over Hull.
Spurs ran out a convincing 7-1 victory to round off a successful 2016-17 campaign against the relegated Tigers at the KCOM stadium.
Star forward Harry Kane bagged himself a hat trick and claimed the league’s golden boot in doing so, while quartet Dele Alli, Victor Wanyama, Ben Davies and Toby Alderweireld also finding the back of the net.
However, it was Davies’ long-range effort which caught the attentions with Wanyama, who assisted the ball to the Welshman despite being offside when the initial free kick was floated into the box.
But, while Gallagher has stated the Kenyan was offside he has also told that it was too difficult to call for the officials in real time and it’s a decision club’s have to deal with.
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“I watched this yesterday for 10 minutes with two colleagues and we watched and watched and watched it and the only the only conclusion we could come to is how good are the assistants,” stared Gallagher speaking on Monday morning’s Premier League Daily show on Sky Sports News.
“When you freeze frame that he’s a third of the body offside, with natural eyesight impossible, so my view on that is nobody can give that. I defy anyone in real time to give that as offside. We all talk about if you’re not sure you have to keep your flag down, so even though you can show me that picture and say ‘yeah, technically he’s offside,’ I think you have to live with it.”
Fortunately for Hull the goal had no bearing on the overall result with Davies scoring the sixth goal of the match, putting his side 6-1 up.
However, this is just another case where it can be argued that video technology is needed in the game as on another day the goal could prove decisive.
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