By Keith Hackett

15th Nov, 2021 | 1:30pm

Ex-Premier League referee: Doherty is the real victim as 'very harsh' Tottenham star footage analysed

Tottenham defender Matt Doherty should not have had his goal for the Republic of Ireland against Portugal disallowed, according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee insisted football is a contact sport and there was no foul in the build-up to Doherty’s strike.

Will Keane came together with Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio before Doherty smashed the ball into an empty net.

As quoted by BBC Sport (November 11), manager Stephen Kenny claimed he could not see any reason why it was a foul.

“He disallowed the goal, I thought this was a very harsh decision,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“I honestly thought the referee got it wrong. The referee is hunting for a decision.

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“This probably shows, to some degree, the difference between different referees across Europe and how they view it.

“Ok, we’re dealing with Ireland and there’s a similar style of football to England, Wales and Scotland where we see a lot of contact in the penalty area go unpunished. The game of football is about contact.

“This mirrors to some degree the argument over Alisson at Liverpool against West Ham. I don’t think Alisson was impeded and I don’t think the goalkeeper on this occasion was impeded sufficiently to rule that goal out.

“I was surprised VAR didn’t come in and suggest he had a look at the monitor but he might have blown the whistle before the goal was scored.”

In other news, a Serie A star has told friends he could sign for Tottenham in January.