Harry Kane. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Harry Kane. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

‘This is ruining football’: EPL howler

Jamie Redknapp has condemned the VAR decision to rule out an equalising goal for Tottenham at Sheffield United as "one of the worst decisions I have ever seen".

Moments after the hosts broke the deadlock with a goal by Sander Berge, Tottenham celebrated what they felt was an equalising goal when Harry Kane slotted the ball past Dean Henderson.

But after a lengthy review, the goal was ruled out after VAR detected the arm of Lucas Moura touching the ball when the Spurs forward was bundled over during the build-up to Kane's strike.

"This is one of the worst decisions I have ever seen," Redknapp told Sky Sports.

"I get the letter of the law but we have to show some common sense. When you get fouled, you have to put your arms down. It was accidental - he's not meant it.

"It is a horrendous decision. He has got it completely wrong - and this is ruining football, things like this. Unbelievable."

Sky Sports commentator Andy Hinchcliffe agreed the decision to disallow Kane's equaliser was "harsh" and "unfair", but added: "The law was correctly applied. If you don't like the law, you change the law. We can't lambaste the officials for making the right decision, which they did."

Pressed for his view on the incident, Jose Mourinho told Sky Sports: "I'd like to but I can't say what I think, I'll be in trouble. I'll be suspended. I don't want to be. The one here is not the referee. The referee is hidden in some office. The referee is there."


It ruled out Harry Kane’s goal. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
It ruled out Harry Kane’s goal. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)



Sheffield United damaged Tottenham's bid to qualify for the Champions League and rekindled their own European ambitions in their 3-1 win.

Lys Mousset and Oli McBurnie rubbed salt into Mourinho's wounds as they both netted for United after the interval.

Kane's last minute goal was no consolation for Tottenham, who are now in grave danger of missing out on next season's Champions League.

They sit nine points behind fourth placed Chelsea and seven adrift of fifth placed Manchester United after their first defeat since the restart.

The Blades, winners for the first time in five games following the hiatus, moved two points above Tottenham into seventh place, keeping alive their hopes of qualifying for European action.

United had not managed more than one shot on target in any of their previous three Premier League matches, going without a goal on each occasion.

- Sky Sports, wires


Originally published as 'This is ruining football': EPL howler