Former Tottenham striker Gary Lineker has taken to social media to claim that Andy Robertson’s challenge on Spurs’ debutant Japhet Tanganga was not even close to being a red card offence.
Liverpool walked away with all three points from the game, but the result could have been different if one of two crucial incidents had gone the home side’s way including Robertson’s seemingly reckless challenge on Tanganga.
The 20-year-old centre half was handed a surprise start by Jose Mourinho and put in a fantastic display through the game against Liverpool’s world-class attackers.
Midway into the second half, he went into a challenge with Robertson who toed the ball way and caught the Spurs youngster on the follow-through.
Mourinho was less than pleased that the Scotland international got off without even a booking for the challenge (Football.London). However, Lineker insisted that the referee Martin Atkinson made the right call.
The Match of the Day presenter posted the following message on Twitter:
Yes, but stills never tell the proper story. Not even close to being a red card. https://t.co/Ea7RZVPznl
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 11, 2020
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I agree with Lineker that it would have been harsh to give Robertson a red card for the challenge as he was clearly intending just to get his toe on the ball. However, there was no question that the follow-through was dangerous and that he deserved to be cautioned. The decision to award the throw-in that led to the goal to Liverpool was also an extremely poor one.
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