Keith Hackett was glad Harry Kane’s second goal for Tottenham against Newcastle United was not overruled for offside.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-FIFA and Premier League referee dismissed calls for the VAR official to use lines drawn on the screen to decide tight offside calls.

Kane was played in behind by Tanguy Ndombele before finishing into the bottom left corner to give his side a 2-1 lead.


While the call was quickly checked by VAR, there was no protracted drawing of lines on the screen by the official.

And Hackett admitted he is not a fan of the process and was glad they were not used on Sunday.

He told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “I thought that was a good goal.

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“There were screams of ‘Where’s the lines on this one?’ but I’m against the lines anyway.

“Therefore I think, actually, it underpins the fact that the match official, the assistant referee has made a good decision. They are capable of doing that at the Premier League level.

“We might have some iffy referees but in the main, we’ve got some outstanding assistant referees.

“There’s an expectation that every scenario should be checked. Ok, fine, if that’s what you want. But I think this is how football should be played and VAR should come in on what is a clear and obvious error and this wasn’t a clear and obvious error.

“I’ve been complaining about the lines all season so I was quite happy with that goal.”

Kane’s brace was not enough to secure Spurs a victory as Newcastle came from behind to earn a vital 2-2 draw.

The result leaves Jose Mourinho’s side two points off Chelsea in fourth.

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