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Ex-ref Halsey: Kane's Spurs winner should've stood


Tottenham's Harry Kane was unlucky to have a goal disallowed against Sporting CP in the Champions League group stages on Wednesday.

Spurs had to settle for a 1-1 draw against the Portuguese outfit, but Kane thought he had gotten them all three points late in the contest.

However, Kane's late would-be winner was ruled out by VAR for offside.

Asked about the decision, ex-Premier League referee Mark Halsey stated to The Sun: “The fact the ball deflected off Sporting defender Flavio Nazinho before it reached Tottenham's Kane is irrelevant because it was not a deliberate play.

“Secondly, the fact the ball went backwards off Emerson Royal's head before it reached Kane does not matter either, the direction of the ball never does.

“It is whether Kane was closer to the goal line than the ball and the second-most rear defender when it was played.

“If Kane was judged to have been behind the ball, he would have been onside.

“Technology isn't foolproof and can we say Kane was definitely in front of the ball when Royal headed it? I'm not sure.

“It took around four minutes to check and if it is taking that long we shouldn't be disallowing goals like that.

“It was very difficult to tell if Kane was a toenail in front or behind the ball.

“If that's what the VAR is looking for and it takes four minutes, you can find whatever you want to find."

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