‘Didn’t think it was a foul’ – Kane reveals what Robertson told him about his tackle

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Harry Kane has revealed that Andy Robertson told him he thought his tackle on the Liverpool left-back in the first half was not a foul.

Some of the controversial decisions made by referee Paul Tierney have been the biggest talking points following Tottenham’s entertaining 2-2 draw against Liverpool on Sunday.

Jurgen Klopp stated after the game that if Robertson’s challenge on Emerson Royal was a red-card offence, then Kane should have also been given his marching orders for his tackle on the Scottish international in the first half.

The Liverpool boss questioned why the VAR did not ask Tierney to have a second look at Kane’s tackle on the touchline monitor.

Robertson took to social media after the game to admit that his tackle on the Tottenham right-back was “poor and misjudged”.

However, Kane has said that he thought his tackle was a fair one and that he won the ball. The England captain surprisingly revealed that Robertson had also agreed with his assessment of the tackle.

When asked about the tackle which earned him a yellow, Kane told Sky Sports: “I thought it was a strong tackle. But I thought I won the ball. Obviously, I haven’t seen it back.

“When you are playing against top sides and fighting for points all over the place, sometimes there are going to be strong tackles. They checked it, it stayed as a yellow card and we move on.

“From on the pitch, it didn’t feel like it (a red card). Even Andy on the pitch said ‘you just caught my foot, I didn’t think it was a foul’’ Sometimes if you slow things down in football, it makes it look worse than what it is.”

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While slow-motion replays do make tackles look worse, I do think Kane was lucky to escape a red. While the England captain’s intention was not malicious, the challenge was certainly reckless.

Kane might have been given his marching orders had it not happened so early in the game or if the referee had rewatched it on the monitor. I believe the Tottenham striker will have second thoughts about his assessment when he watches the incident back.

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