Chris Foy’s north London derby verdict: Tottenham were fortunate to get their equaliser, Arsenal’s penalty was soft but Anthony Taylor was spot on to send off Lucas Torreira
- There were two penalties and a sending off at Wembley between the two sides
- Sportsmail’s expert referee Chris Foy has the lowdown on all the decisions
- Spurs were fortunate to get their equaliser because Harry Kane was offside
As per usual in the north London derby, there were many contentious decisions to assess.
There were two penalties and a sending off at Wembley on Saturday in Tottenham’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal.
Sportsmail’s expert referee Chris Foy has the lowdown on what decisions the referees did and did not get right.
As per usual in the north London derby, there were many contentious decisions to assess
Harry Kane penalty
Christian Eriksen delivered a free-kick into the box with Harry Kane in an offside position
Shkodran Mustafi pushed Kane over in the penalty area and the penalty was awarded
Referee Anthony Taylor had a great view of the incident but Kane was offside in the build-up
CHRIS FOY’S VERDICT: Spurs were fortunate to get their equaliser – not because Harry Kane wasn’t fouled but because he was offside in the build-up.
When the free-kick was floated into the box Kane was offside and assistant Gary Beswick’s flag should have gone up when the England striker became involved in active play.
Having said that, it was an excellent piece of detection from Anthony Taylor to spot the push by Mustafi on Kane.
But the bottom line is that it should not have been a penalty.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ran into the penalty area and was tracked by Davinson Sanchez
The Tottenham player came into contact with the Arsenal forward and the penalty was given
CHRIS FOY’S VERDICT: As for the Arsenal penalty, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang certainly wasn’t tripped by Davinson Sanchez and there was minimal contact.
I don’t think that’s enough for him to go to ground, so no penalty in my book.
That said, the penalty should have been retaken because Jan Vertonghen was encroaching when Aubameyang took his penalty and it was the Belgian who produced the block when the rebound was fired in. VAR would have sorted that out – and would, of course, have seen the Spurs equaliser ruled out.
Lucas Torreira red card
Lucas Torreira was sent off for a challenge on Danny Rose in injury time at Wembley
Torreira’s foot was high and that is why Taylor sent off the Arsenal Uruguayan midfielder
The challenge had excessive force and left Rose withering on the floor in pain on Saturday
CHRIS FOY’S VERDICT: The sending-off of Lucas Torreira for the challenge on Danny Rose was an excellent spot by Anthony Taylor.
We talk about excessive force. Does a challenge endanger another player’s safety and yes it does? This ticks all the excessive force boxes. It’s a red card all day long.
Kane offside goal
Kane put the ball in the back of the net in the first half and he thought he had equalised
But assistant referee Adam Nunn raised his flag and the goal was chalked off at Wembley
Replays clearly showed Kane was in an offside position when the ball was delivered in
CHRIS FOY’S VERDICT: It’s a really good decision by assistant referee Adam Nunn.
Harry Kane has strayed marginally offside as he makes his run to meet Christian Eriksen’s free-kick, Adam has spotted it and rightly puts his flag up.
P.s. should Aubameyang have been allowed to retake his late penalty?
When Aubameyang missed his penalty in injury time, the ball came back into play and Jan Vertonghen made an excellent block to clear the ball off the line.
Replays showed, however, that Vertonghen was encroaching in the penalty area and the penalty should have been retaken.
Alexandre Lacazette did not appear to be happy about the decision after the game as he liked a post on Instagram showing the encroachment.
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