By Keith Hackett

28th Sep, 2021 | 6:45am

This may be real reason VAR did not give Tottenham penalty after ex-Premier League ref analyses Arsenal footage

Tottenham should have been awarded a penalty in the north London derby for the challenge by Arsenal’s Ben White on Harry Kane, according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-FIFA and Premier League referee claimed Kane’s reputation may have meant Craig Pawson thought he had exaggerated the contact.

With Arsenal leading 3-0, White appeared to trip the England captin up just inside his side’s penalty area.

However, Pawson waved away Spurs’ limp appeals and VAR did not judge it as a clear and obvious error.

Hackett insists that the VAR operator made the wrong call and Pawson should have reviewed the incident on the pitchside monitor.

After analysing the footage, Hackett told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley: “I believe that should have been a penalty kick.

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“The Arsenal player stuck his leg out and there was contact with Kane.

“We talk about referee’s preparing, he has a big match and I think he refereed really well, to be honest.

“When you’ve got a really big match, you prepare on who the players are, who will be captain, all those sorts of things. What you don’t do is pre-judge. 

“I think this is almost a payback for Harry Kane for his reputation in the past and here. The referee is trying to be 100 per cent but somewhere in Craig Pawson’s mind, he’s got doubt.

“Has he pre-judged Harry Kane? He shouldn’t do, but he might have done.

“Or, he’s not seen it but in either case, in my view, this was a clear penalty kick and VAR should have come in. It’s a straightforward penalty kick and a yellow, nothing else. Give it.

“I thought it was a simple foul, a simple penalty kick. For me, it was a clear and obvious error. Pawson didn’t have the opportunity to visit the screen to have a look. If he looked at the screen, I think he would have given a penalty kick.”

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