Spurs legend, Graham Roberts, has blasted Martin Tyler and Alan Smith for repeatedly insisting that Tottenham’s opening goal from their 2-0 win against West Ham should have been ruled out.
The home side thought they had taken the lead in the first half when some smart interplay saw Heung-min Son find space on the inside left channel, with the South Korean rifling his shot into the corner of the net.
However, VAR ruled that Son was just offside by a matter of centimetres and the goal was chalked off.
After missing several chances at the start of the second half, the home side got a lucky break as Giovani Lo Celso’s corner kick took a deflection off Davinson Sanchez and flew into the West Ham net via Tomas Soucek, who couldn’t adjust his feet in time.
Replays showed that the initial flick on before the ball hit Soucek may have come off Sanchez’s arm, although VAR gave the goal the green light.
This was something that Tyler and Smith picked up on in the commentary position, much to the anger of Roberts who accused Sky Sports of displaying an anti-Spurs bias.
The former Spurs defender tweeted the following after Spurs’ 2-0 win:
Listening to Alan smith and especially martin Tyler trying to get the goal wiped out again saying it should been handball what a joke of commentary I used to like Martin but he’s becoming embarrassing when spurs on
— Graham Roberts (@GrahamRoberts4) June 23, 2020
I don’t hear anything re the Brighton handball in last minute against Leicester only hearing the spurs handball on @SkySportsNews
— Graham Roberts (@GrahamRoberts4) June 24, 2020
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While there is something to be said about Sky’s bias as demonstrated by their coverage of our clash against Manchester United on Friday, I do not believe that this was an example of their anti-Spurs agenda. The ball did seem to come off Sanchez’s arm and according to the new handball rules, the goal should have been ruled out. We are lucky that VAR decided not to intervene but there is no question that we very much deserved the win.
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