Premier League reveal whether they were right to deny Harry Kane a VAR penalty

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The Premier League have reportedly admitted that VAR was wrong to not award Tottenham Hotspur a penalty against Bournemouth when Harry Kane was shoved to the ground during a corner kick early in the first half.

As Kane was about to make contact with Steven Bergwijn’s far-post delivery, Josh King bundled the England captain to the ground.

While it was understandable why the referee and his assistants were not able to spot the push amongst the crowd of players, it was clear as day in the replays that Kane had been fouled.

Yet, VAR did not intervene to award Tottenham a penalty, which left Jose Mourinho fuming on the touchline.

Spurs had been victims of another VAR blunder just a week ago at Bramall Lane when Kane’s equaliser was ruled out for handball in what was an extremely controversial call.

BBC presenter Dan Walker confirmed that the top-flight match centre had concluded on Thursday that Spurs should have been handed a spot-kick at the Vitality Stadium for a push on Kane.

They also admitted that the penalties awarded to Manchester United and Southampton in their clashes against Aston Villa and Everton respectively, should not have stood.

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I have continued to be a supporter of VAR despite its shortcomings as I felt overall, its benefits outweighed the costs. However, given the poor implementation of the technology we have seen from Premier League officials, the lack of consistency has become a major issue. If this cannot be fixed, I am becoming more and more open to the idea of binning the technology altogether.

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