Video footage from the game shows 4 Tottenham players in offside position. Despite the fact, Harry Kane was awarded the penalty.
Arsenal and Tottenham played a dramatic 1-1 draw in their final meeting of the Premier League this season.
Aaron Ramsey gave Arsenal the lead through a blistering counter-attack after Harry Kane lost the ball. However, the Tottenham forward made amends in the second half as he scored the equalizer with a coolly taken penalty.
The decision to award the penalty is now under the scanner, with match footage showing that four Tottenham players were offside for the goal. Despite the video evidence, referee proceeded to award the penalty to Tottenham.
Arsenal gained a massive opportunity to score the winner in the injury time as Davinson Sanchez committed a foul inside the box. However, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed the penalty, leaving both the sides to share the points.
Here’s the video:
Goal! Harry Kane scores a penalty for Tottenham, after controversially winning it after standing in an offside position. pic.twitter.com/krXFjXZglb
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) March 2, 2019
— Utkarsh Bhatla (@UtkarshBhatla) March 2, 2019
“How many of those Spurs players are offside? How obvious is that?” Martin Keown said after the game.
However, there’s been an argument that the referee actually made the right decision in awarding the penalty to Harry Kane.
A user posted on the twitter that the offside rule states if “a player in an offside position is moving towards the ball with the intention of playing the ball and is fouled before playing or attempting to play the ball, or challenging an opponent for the ball, the foul is penalised as it has occurred before the offside offence.”
FIVE (5) Tottenham players are offside in this picture and Kane is the most offside of them all. Who was the linesman tracking, Hugo Lloris? pic.twitter.com/i9DqX3vDcY
— MJ (@MJ_Boh_) March 2, 2019
— Arsenoel (@noelchilds) March 2, 2019
Shkodran Mustafi committed a foul before Kane attempted to play the ball, and hence Anthony Taylor gave the penalty to Tottenham.
Nevertheless, the Arsenal fans were fuming with the call. Unluckily for them, Aubameyang missed a huge chance to give the side a lead through an injury-time penalty.
With this draw, Arsenal remain at fourth position in the Premier League, but could fall to as low as sixth as Manchester United and Chelsea are yet to complete their weekend fixtures.
Premier League officials summed up in one picture. Five Tottenham players offside and the referee didn’t even blow his whistle, instead a penalty is given. Disgraceful 😂 pic.twitter.com/muc82UMDUq
— FutbolBible (@FutbolBible) March 2, 2019
These pictures shows how much VAR is needed in the Premier League. Four Tottenham players offside when the penalty is given. Verthongen is also 3-4 metres inside the penalty box when the penalty is taken (!) and ends up saving the goal off the line in the follow up. We need VAR. pic.twitter.com/HfPdHOJ64D
— Erik Stange 🎗 (@ErikStange99) March 2, 2019
Manchester United take on Southampton at Old Trafford, while Chelsea meet relegation-threatened Fulham at the Craven Cottage.
“We’ve had a few this year not go our way, but luckily we had one go our way,” Harry Kane said after the game against Arsenal. The English forward returned to Tottenham last month after a significant injury.
Didn’t think it was a red card.
Didn’t think Tottenham’s penalty was (Kane offside).
Didn’t think Arsenal’s penalty was.
Never fancied Aubameyang to score.
Sanchez had a stinker.
— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) March 2, 2019
1. Tottenham won a penalty that wasn’t AGAIN (offside, ref should be questioned)
2. Aubameyang’s penalty was soft, but still you can make a better case than Kane’s shocking penalty
3. Referee again the protagonist pic.twitter.com/XoCwqWw4hq
— giorgos_kyriakides (@giorgos_kyriaki) March 2, 2019
Tottenham remain third in the table, but Manchester United can now close the gap to three points with Pochettino’s side after the draw. The top-4 race has now turned interesting with four teams having a reasonable chance to qualify for the Champions League next season.
The officiating was poor. The FA clearly favour Tottenham as they can never seem to do wrong. Not to mention the offside that led to the equalizing goal. We (Arsenal) have been hard done by – but we move on and we keep fighting. 👍
— unknown (@Murray1412) March 2, 2019
Full Time: Tottenham 1-1 Arsenal
All square in a game that had a little bit of everything.
🔴Arsenal ended the game with 10 men after missing a 90th minute penalty
— 90min (@90min_Football) March 2, 2019