Hackett: This may be real reason Kane's goal was ruled out for Tottenham v Leeds
Keith Hackett has suggested Harry Kane’s goal for Tottenham against Leeds United was ruled out for offside because VAR did not want to overturn the on-field decision.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-FIFA and Premier League referee slammed the “really poor” officials for creating a “mess” with their procedures and getting the decision wrong.
Kane thought he had put Tottenham 2-1 up at Elland Road when he was played in behind by Dele Alli before finishing smartly over Illan Meslier.
However, the assistant referee flagged him as offside and VAR backed up his decision.
Asked for his assessment of the incident, Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “When I look at this closely, I think what has happened here is if they have looked at this decision realistically they will say ‘The assistant referee has got it wrong and this is a goal that has been ruled out that should never have been ruled out.’
“The line shows it. Harry Kane is onside.
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“I call upon the authorities to resolve this issue. It’s unacceptable in the game that we allow goals to be ruled out incorrectly and that’s what the game is all about.
“VAR has been influenced by the on-field decision. If they take the normal style of using the lines, this is onside. I cannot see how Harry Kane is offside.
“It was a mess and got it wrong. They got it wrong with their procedures and got it wrong with the outcome. This is really poor officiating.”
Speaking after the game, interim Spurs boss Ryan Mason told Football.London the decision changed the whole momentum of the game.
He explained: “The momentum, the whole feeling of a football match, can change because at that point it stayed 1-1 and at 2-1 it’s a completely different game of football.”