Watch: Harry Kane sees brilliant goal disallowed for armpit VAR offside
The VARs have become the bane of most Premier League forwards’ lives and Tottenham man Harry Kane was the latest left to curse them after a marginal offside decision robbed him of a fine goal against Southampton in their 1-1 draw on Tuesday.
Kane has not had the best of times in the second half of 2021. After losing the Euro 2020 final with England, he was denied a big-money transfer to Manchester City that would have guaranteed him trophies.
Stuck at Spurs, who were struggling under Nuno Espirito Santo, Kane was bang out of goalscoring form. More than just his usual August curse, he did not open his Premier League account until mid-October.
Since the arrival of Antonio Conte he has improved considerably, however, as has the team around him.
Scoring Spurs’ first-half penalty against Southampton during their Premier League clash on Tuesday meant Kane now has three in his last four league outings, after goals against Liverpool and Crystal Palace.
But it could have been four in four had the VAR not intervened to chalk off what looked a very good goal in the second period.
Harry Winks played Kane through and the England captain took a velvet-footed first touch before hammering a shot beyond Fraser Forster and into the onion bag.
Kane celebrated effusively. Unfortunately for Spurs, the VAR was already getting their digital ruler out and drawing the dreaded lines.
From the images shown on television, just which part of Kane’s anatomy was beyond the last line was difficult to ascertain, his armpit looking the most likely option.
But on-pitch referee Anthony Taylor stuck his arm in the air to signal that the infringement had taken place.
Spurs fans and players certainly felt aggrieved – and are right to, given the decision ultimately cost them. Ten-man Saints managed to see the rest of the game through and hang on for the 1-1 draw.
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