Ian Wright and Alan Shearer share verdict on Leeds v Spurs flashpoint
Ian Wright believes Harry Kane was unfortunate to have a goal ruled out for offside against Leeds United, and Alan Shearer shares his view.
The incident occurred during a pivotal moment in the match, with the score 1-1, and therefore Tottenham were denied the lead.
Wright felt neither the linesman nor the VAR could determine whether Kane was offside for definite, and he made his feelings clear on BBC’s Match of the Day.
He said, “Well to be honest for me looking at that, he’s guessing. Hearing Jonathan Pearce saying that they’ve done the mathematical readings.
“The lineman’s putting his flag up he’s guessing as well.
“For me this is the exact reason why VAR shouldn’t intervene. You can’t tell me that the linesman’s seen offside in that, no chance.
Alan Shearer shared his colleague’s view, adding, “Of course it’s level, he’s looked at that for how long and we still can’t see with all the dots and dashes and all that rubbish.”
Rules are rules
As much as pundits, players and fans may not like it, we have to accept VAR and the decisions it makes, even when they are as close as this one.
The lines drawn show Kane was a touch offside, and therefore the goal has to be chalked off, regardless of what Wright and Shearer feel.
Leeds have suffered from similar decisions, with Patrick Bamford’s cancelled goal at Crystal Palace a perfect example.
Tottenham only have themselves to blame for the defeat as we dominated them for large parts and scored three well-deserved goals.
We responded better than they did to the offside event and Wright ought to be focusing on that in his post-match analysis.
And we feel that even if the Whites had fallen behind, we would have shown the quality and the character to win – we did score three times after all.
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