By Harvey Byrne
Robbie Savage has claimed that Tottenham should not have been awarded a penalty against Swansea after Dele Alli fell down in the box.
The 20-year-old felt the need to hit the ground during the 5-0 victory at White Hart Lane, earning his side a penalty.
The score stood at 2-0 at the time, but one of the major talking points to come from the fixture was the controversial incident involving Alli.
The week has also seen Porto win a controversial penalty against Leicester, while Celtic were not awarded a penalty against Manchester City when many thought it was.
Now Savage chose to base his weekly column for the Mirror around the incidents and was particularly vocal about Alli.
“Let’s look at each case,” wrote Savage for the Mirror. “Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino says he will not take any lectures from England about players going down too easily, as the saying goes, because he was penalised in the 2002 World Cup when Michael Owen ended up on the deck and David Beckham consigned Argentina to defeat from the spot.
“Pochettino has a point. Players flinging themselves to the floor is not an imported continental disease. Looking at replays, I didn’t think it was a penalty in a million years when Alli went down against Swansea – but in real time, referee Jon Moss only had a split-second to make his decision.
“Was Alli being clever or was he cheating? For me, he invoked any contact with Kyle Naughton by leaving his trailing leg out to catch the Swans defender. But in the dressing room at half-time, I’ll promise you this: Nobody would have been scolding him, nobody would have been ticking off Alli for going to ground the way he did.
“Had video replays existed, I doubt if Moss would have reached the same conclusion.
“And if clubs were allowed one challenge each, Swansea would not have left White Hart Lane feeling so aggrieved about the penalty that opened the floodgates.”
The win against Swansea has seen Tottenham sat in fifth place in the Premier League table, three points behind fourth placed Manchester City.
They are looking to improve on their third placed finish from last season, but they have already been knocked out of the Champions League group stage this campaign.
The Europa League is now awaiting them, but beforehand they will be preparing for a vital Premier League fixture against Manchester United on Sunday.
In other Tottenham news, Spurs eye the next Thierry Henry, who is valued at £20million.