Dermot Gallagher delivers verdict on Tottenham penalty incident v Arsenal
By Harvey Byrne
Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher believes that the decision to award Tottenham a penalty against Arsenal on Sunday was the correct one.
Spurs managed a 2-0 victory over their north London rivals at White Hart Lane with second half goals from Dele Alli and Kane ensuring the win.
Attacking midfielder Alli opened the scoring 10 minutes after a half time after he calmly finished on the 55th minute and the match was then decided moments later as Kane went down after a challenge from Gabriel in the box before slotting home the resulting penalty.
The decision to award Tottenham with a penalty has been one of much debate after the game and many feel that the England international dived to win the spot-kick, but ex-official Gallagher believed it was the right one and has told how Gabriel initiated contact between the two players.
“I think it’s a penalty,” started Gallagher speaking on Sky Sports News’ Premier League Daily show on Monday morning.
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“I think he (Gabriel) fouls. Kane moves the ball away and I think Gabriel comes and takes him there. I think Gabriel has initiated contact for me.
“What I will say is that this capped a first class refereeing display because this game was handled absolutely superbly by Michael Oliver.
“I think he got everything right, the big, big decisions he got right and I think that underpinned how good he was on the day.”
The decision didn’t have too much of a bearing on the overall result with the Alli goal still giving Tottenham the victory, but a number of players are now being watched after a weekend which saw a number of dives.
Kane himself does not have a reputation for going down easily and with the Premier League campaign nearing it’s climax he will be keen to add to his 21 goals scored.
In other Tottenham news, Jan Vertonghen has aired his delight on Twitter after reaching landmark against Arsenal.