Ex-Fifa official: Referees on red alert at Tottenham as footage emerges of 'cheater' Harry Kane
Harry Kane is gaining a reputation as a “cheater” at Tottenham and referees will be alert to his behaviour, according to Keith Hackett.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee delivered his verdict after Kane‘s antics in England’s 4-0 loss to Hungary in the Nations League on Tuesday (14 June).
On an embarrassing night for England, the 28-year-old went down easily in the Hungary box after a slight touch on the ankle by Zsolt Nagy.
The referee did not intervene and did not show the England captain a yellow card for the act of simulation.
“This was manufactured, it was exaggerated and for me, he deceived the referee,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“It’s exactly what the referee should detect. He got away with it.
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“He’s becoming a serial offender. I think this is a reputation that referees will be watching out for in the World Cup. The current crop of referees will be studying clips like this to detect acts of simulation.
“He should have had a yellow card. At the end of the day, it’s cheating.
“The referees will be studying video clips of players in various situations and will come prepared.
“When you go into a tournament like that, the risk is you are fouled and a penalty kick should be awarded but the referee goes defensive and doesn’t award it.
“It’s swings and roundabouts. You’ll win some this week and not get them the next when you deserve them.
“It’s a difficult area for referees and I really thought we’d get a better outcome than this.”