Watch: Kane goal controversially disallowed for foul on Thiago Silva

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Harry Kane during Spurs' match with Leicester, King Power Stadium 19 January 2022.

Harry Kane thought he had scored the opening goal of the London derby between Tottenham and Chelsea only for it to be disallowed for a controversial foul on Thiago Silva.

During the 39th minute, Ryan Sessegnon sent a good ball into the box and Kane was on the receiving end of it, able to turn and shoot past Kepa Arrizabalaga into the net.

But the referee immediately blew up to disallow the goal as Kane was judged to have pushed Thiago Silva over, who was marking him in the box.

VAR confirmed the on-field decision as there was no clear and obvious error by the referee.

It was a controversial decision and Gary Neville immediately expressed his disagreement with the call.

“No, no I’m not having that,” Neville, who was on co-commentary duty, said. “Thiago Silva looked to throw himself to the ground. That is not a foul, no chance.

“He’s a lucky boy there Thiago Silva, and his experience has got him out of a bit of trouble for his team.”

Neville’s old Manchester United team-mate Roy Keane, who was analysing the match in the Sky Sports studio, disagreed.

“Believe it or not Gary is wrong,” he said. “When you run at that pace… he does just lean into him and I think the referee has got it 100% right.”

After Hakim Ziyech got the opener, Thiago Silva later scored Chelsea’s second of the match in the 55th minute to further rub salt into Spurs’ wounds.


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