Keith Hackett has questioned why VAR did not intervene on Harry Kane’s challenge with Gabriel in Tottenham v Arsenal on Sunday.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Premier League official insisted the England captain was “reckless” and at the very least deserved a yellow card but could have little complaint with a red.

Kane launched his body into the Arsenal defender after he had played a forward pass but it went unpunished by the on-field referee Michael Oliver.


VAR official Paul Tierney did not call Oliver to the pitchside monitor to review the incident and Hackett claimed that was a mistake.

He told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “There was a situation in that game where VAR could have and should have got involved.

“This is another difficulty as to why VAR probably didn’t get involved. There’s a challenge by Kane, he’s gone in with the shoulder and he’s clearly frustrated and he’s clashed with his opponent.

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“Here comes the rub, the difficulty is – is this a red card offence? Tierney has not even brought that to the attention of the referee. I would’ve liked that because that’s a potential red card missed. He should’ve said ‘Michael you need to go and have a look at the monitor.’

“That brings the ownership of the decision back to the referee. You can do that within the protocols of the game, understanding there’s an act committed by a player that you might deem a red card offence.

“Tierney’s done nothing so one assumes Oliver didn’t see it and Kane at the very least a yellow card. At the very least this is reckless. What he’s got to judge is – is it a red? Did it endanger his safety?”

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