Stan Collymore delivers verdict on Tottenham penalty incident v Arsenal
By Dominic Toner
Stan Collymore believes that Tottenham forward Harry Kane did dive to win his side a penalty against Arsenal.
Spurs managed to beat their rivals 2-0 on Sunday in the Premier League and Dele Alli gave the hosts the lead in the second-half.
The match was decided just moments later when Kane went down in the penalty area under a challenge from Garbiel, which the striker then converted from the spot.
The 23-year-old managed to receive the ball in the 18-yard box and went to ground after a collision with the Arsenal defender.
Collymore feels that there was contact between the two players, but that Kane’s decision to go down was a dive.
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“He drives into the box, goes temporarily away from goal then crucially, slightly moves his right leg into the Arsenal defender,” Collymore wrote in his column for BoyleSports. “Does the defender contact Kane? Yes! Does Kane’s body language mean a dive? For me, yes. Why? Because a player who slows down, moves a leg to draw contact, then goes down incredibly easily has dived.
“Again, there is nothing in the rule book that stipulates contact means you have the right to, could do or should go down. It is down to the player to decide whether to be honest, try to go past the defender and God forbid get a shot off.”
He added: “Kane didn’t do that in my opinion, he looked for the contact and boom, that’s the signal to go down. Conclusion? A very clever look for contact and once contact was guaranteed, a 6’3 striker goes down easily. Dive.”
Kane is recognised as an honest player, but there has been issues regarding players going down too easily in the box during recent seasons.
The forward got the benefit of the doubt from the referee and converted the penalty which helped Spurs pick up a ninth straight victory in the Premier League.
He will hope to keep up his good form as Spurs try to catch leaders Chelsea in the title race.
In other Tottenham news, Gary Lineker reacted to the victory over Arsenal.