Some Tottenham supporters have been left stunned after Harry Kane’s goal was ruled out for offside against Southampton.
Spurs started the match poorly after James Ward-Prowse handed the Saints an early lead at St. James’ Park, but were given a massive boost after Mohammed Salisu brought Son Heung-min down in the penalty box.
Referee Anthony Taylor pointed to the spot and handed Salisu his second yellow card of the match, meaning Southampton were down to 10 men. Kane scored from the resulting penalty to level the clash down on the south coast.
The England captain then thought he had put his side ahead in the second-half after firing the ball into the bottom right-hand corner.
However, after the Video Assistant Referee intervened, Taylor was instructed to rule the goal out for offside. Some Spurs supporters have been left frustrated and confused to why the goal was disallowed.
At the start of the 2021/22 Premier League season, there were some changes to how the VAR would be judging offside calls following plenty of controversy last term.
If the two offside lines shown on the television screen touch or overlap, then the goal would stand, according to Premier League referees’ chief Mike Riley.
Riley said: “On marginal offsides, we have now effectively re-introduced the benefit of the doubt to the attacking player.
“So, it’s the toenails, the noses of the players who are offside; they might have been offside last season but next season they won’t be.”
The image on the screen showed the two lines very close to touching, which is why it was ruled out for offside.
Then, to frustrate Tottenham fans even more, they had another goal ruled out later in the half after Matt Doherty collided with Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster.
Doherty challenged for a header, with the Saints shot-stopper jumping up to catch it, only for the ball to hit the back of the net. Referee Taylor, though, deemed the Irishman to foul the goalkeeper.
Taking to Twitter, Spurs fans were furious with the decision, with @phillbarrs saying: “Never a foul.”
@TheTrevorDurham said: “Never a foul in a million years. Joke refereeing, and the VAR was, what, off on a tea break?”
@chrisfromtheuk said: “Never a foul on the goalkeeper. He clearly drops the ball. #COYS #SOUTOT”.
@9dawson_pete added: “These decisions are extremely poor, Kane goal should have stood and never a foul on Forster either.”
Source by Football London