Former Premier League referee backs Mourinho’s Kane penalty claim

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Dom Le Roy

Former Premier League referee Chris Foy has backed up Jose Mourinho’s claim that Adam Lallana clearly fouled Harry Kane on Sunday.

The referee for the game, Graham Scott initially signalled for a free-kick after the Brighton midfielder bundled into the Tottenham striker, who was trying to shield the ball.

However, VAR intervened to rule that the foul happened on the line of the penalty area and subsequently upgraded the decision to a spot kick.

Kane has been accused of backing into Lallana by some pundits and even been labelled ‘a cheat’ for winning the spot-kick on Sunday.

Mourinho leapt to his striker’s defence in his press conference on Wednesday when he took the media to task for questioning the England captain’s intentions and suggested that it was an obvious foul (Football.London).

Former Premier League referee, Dermot Gallagher has already backed Scott’s call insisting that Lallana made a ‘poor decision’ by choosing to make the challenge on Kane (Sky Sports).

Foy has now also cleared the air on the decision, claiming that it was a foul on Kane by the letter of the law.

Foy told The Athletic that Lallana fell foul of IFAB law 12 because of the way he “jumped at” an opponent “in a manner considered by the referee to be careless, reckless or using excessive force”.

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