The Harry Kane witch hunt has continued to escalate and now PFA chairman Ben Purkiss is coming under increasing pressure to issue a public apology to our star forward and faces an uncertain future if he refuses to do so.
Kane continues to be the butt of jokes online and now in public for claiming a goal against Stoke City, which had initially been awarded to team-mate Christian Eriksen after replays failed to confirm whether the striker got a touch.
And Purkiss joined in the jibes at Sunday night’s Player of the Year award ceremony as he addressed a star-studded crowd, saying in his speech: ‘Harry Kane is so prolific that he is able to score without touching the ball.’
Kane and his family already furious with the reaction to the goal appeal and the Mirror report that Purkiss’ gag went down like a lead balloon with his players’ union counterparts.
Purkiss has so far steadfastly refused to issue a public apology and the row has now escalated to the point that Purkiss is being warned that he may be forced out.
However the chairman maintains that he has apologised to Kane privately and that the matter is resolved.He said: ‘The facts are I personally spoke to Harry Kane. I explained I was complimenting him on his achievements, how he went on loan before being such a success at Tottenham and my comments were complimentary.
He added: “I said that he was so good he could score without touching the ball. I know for a fact he touched the ball. He was credited with the goal by an independent panel.I was joking at how ridiculous the coverage was as he is such a talented footballer. I contacted Harry to explain my comments and he stated that he had not taken offence to my comments”
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He went on to say: “I have utmost respect for Harry Kane and all our members. I have nothing but admiration for Harry”
The Football Association were quick to issue an apology to Kane after their official Twitter account dug him out over his performance in the semi-final against Manchester United.