Hackett delivers verdict on Tottenham star Kane getting favourable treatment from referees

Keith Hackett has insisted Tottenham star Harry Kane does not receive favourable treatment from referees.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former FIFA and Premier League official claimed referees will always judge a challenge on its merits rather than by who made it.

It comes as Kane went unpunished for a reckless challenge on Arsenal defender Gabriel in Sunday’s north London derby.

The England captain launched into Gabriel after he had played a pass leaving him on the floor.

He did not receive a yellow card for the challenge and while Hackett believes he should’ve been cautioned, he understands why VAR did not intervene.

He told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “I’ve heard all the views saying he’s the England captain and all that… He’s a player. It doesn’t matter whether he’s the captain.

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“Many years ago at Anfield, in my very first game I had Emlyn Hughes telling me what to do and within four or five minutes I’ve given him a yellow card. He’s saying ‘Don’t you know who I am?’ and I said ‘I don’t care who you are, you’ve committed a yellow card offence, here you are.’

“I don’t take the view that because he’s England captain, and in the past, it was David Beckham, whoever these players are, a referees role is to judge the challenges that take place and then make a judgement on what they are.

“VAR didn’t come in because he probably sat on the fence. Paul Tierney [the VAR official] probably thought at the worst it was a yellow card and VAR can’t come in for yellow cards.”

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