Hackett: Sky Sports made big mistake as new light is shed on Kane-Tottenham controversy
Keith Hackett has slammed Sky Sports for not showing the VAR offside check for Harry Kane’s opening goal for Tottenham against Wolves.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-FIFA and Premier League referee insisted there was a “responsibility to be consistent” and show supporters how decisions were made.
Kane opened the scoring for Spurs with a low right-foot finish just before half-time after being played in behind the Wolves defence.
As I often say, what you see from the VAR Hub is the choice of the broadcaster.
Sky / BT have access to the feed and images, and it is they who decide what VAR you see.
— Dale Johnson (@DaleJohnsonESPN) May 16, 2021
It was not ruled offside by VAR but Sky Sports did not choose to broadcast the feed that showed the lines were used to check the decision.
That led to calls from some that it had not been checked properly and there were accusations of a big club bias.
Asked for his assessment of the incident, Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “I think there’s a responsibility to be consistent.
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“On this occasion, you know my argument about the lines, but if that’s the process and procedure for all competitions then they should do that.
“That big club, little club, favouring individual players doesn’t really exist. That’s in the imagination of the fans when there’s a series of decisions that go against them.
“I thought it was a good goal. They should have shown it, there are no doubts.”
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg added a second Tottenham goal in the second half as they ran out 2-0 winners to keep their hopes of qualifying for a European competition alive.
They are now sixth in the Premier League, five points off the top-four, with two games left to play.