Andy Robertson has admitted that his tackle on Emerson Royal was a poor one after the Liverpool left-back was sent off in his side’s 2-2 draw against Tottenham.
There were several controversial decisions during the game, with both sides having shouts for penalties turned down, the ball hitting Mohamed Salah’s arm in the build-up to Liverpool’s second goal, and Harry Kane’s rash challenge on Roberton in the first half.
Understandably, those decisions have been the main talking points after the game, with some experts questioning VAR’s inconsistency in asking Paul Tierney to re-watch Robertson’s tackle on Emerson but not Kane’s challenge on the Liverpool left-back.
Some pundits have even suggested that Kane’s tackle in the first half, for which the Spurs striker was booked, was worse than Robertson’s tackle for the red card.
In his post-match press conference, Jurgen Klopp also spoke about the different treatment handed to Robertson and Kane, while also insisting the Reds should have had a penalty for Emerson’s foul on Diogo Jota.
Robertson has now taken to Instagram to take responsibility for his poor challenge.
Here’s what the 27-year-old wrote about his red card: ‘I was brought up to take responsibility when you’ve done something wrong and I have to admit my challenge was poor and misjudged. My mistake giving them the chance to make the decision. Gutted!
‘Probably best I don’t speak about other things in the match, other than to say how proud I am of the rest of the team. Me aside, the boys were different class in unbelievably difficult circumstances.
‘Support unreal as well in difficult times! Wish we could of rewarded it with a win!’
Spurs Web Opinion
I believe Robertson’s challenge was much worse than Kane’s. While the England captain’s tackle was reckless, it is evident that he was trying to win the ball and simply got carried away.
On the other hand, the Liverpool left-back clearly tried to leave one on Emerson and had no intention of getting the ball.
However, there is no doubt that Kane’s challenge was also worthy of a red and that the Spurs striker was extremely lucky that VAR did not ask Tierney to take a second look at the incident.
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