Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher believes Harry Kane should have been sent off for Tottenham in the Premier League defeat to Manchester City on Saturday.
The 24-year-old was shown a yellow card by referee Craig Pawson for a studs-up challenge on his England teammate Raheem Sterling in the second half of the 4-1 reverse at the Etihad Stadium.
Gallagher says Kane was lucky not to have been sent off but sympathised with the referee because he was not in the best position to make the decision.
“I don’t think he could have complained if he had been given a red card. His foot is high enough and he’s gone across with his studs,” Gallagher told Sky Sports.
“In fairness to the referee, I don’t think he sees exactly what happens, he’s trying to get out of the way because the ball has come towards him and he’s looking over his shoulder so he only sees part of it but I think it is a red card.”
Spurs midfielder Dele Alli was also booked in the second half for a stamp on Kevin De Bruyne’s ankle. Gallagher is in not doubt that the he should have been sent off.
“It seriously endangers the safety of De Bruyne. It is not a nice challenge and for me it is a definite sending off,” he said.
Tottenham were totally outplayed by the Premier League leaders on Saturday. City took the lead when Ilkay Gundogan was left completely unmarked to head in Leroy Sane’s corner after 14 minutes.
De Bruyne made it 2-0 to City by smashing the ball past goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, moments after he was fouled by Alli.
The home side were then awarded a penalty after a challenge on De Bruyne from Spurs centre-back Jan Vertonghen, but substitute Gabriel Jesus smashed the spot-kick against the base of the post.
Sterling scored two goals in the final ten minutes to make it 4-0 to City, before Christian Eriksen pulled one back for Spurs in injury-time.
Tottenham face Burnley in their next Premier League game at Turf Moor on Saturday and will be hoping to return to winning ways.
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