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Mark Clattenburg Explains Why Both Spurs Penalties Shouldn’t Have Been Awarded

The fallout continues after some absolutely chaotic scenes unfolded in the dying moments of Liverpool and Spurs clash at Anfield on Sunday evening…

In the final minutes of the Premier League matchup, referee Jonathan Moss awarded two penalties in highly contentious circumstances with both incidents causing a huge amount of debate after the game.

For the first penalty, Harry Kane looked to be clearly offside and blatantly dived before a debate between the referee and the linesman saw Tottenham awarded a penalty.

After the game, pundits bizarrely refused to criticise the decision but now, writing in The Times, Mark Clattenburg has stated that the penalty should not have been awarded due to the fact that the England striker was offside.

The question is whether Dejan Lovren deliberately played the ball and has Kane, by being in an offside position, impacted Lovren…

You can make an argument that Lovren would not have made this type of attempt for the ball if Kane was not close to him and, therefore, the impact of his presence plays a part in the decision-making of the referee.

The second penalty was also highly controversial as Erik Lamela dropped to the ground in agony after Virgil van Dijk appeared to make minimal contact with his calf.

However, for Mark Clattenburg, the second penalty should also not have been awarded as the former Premier League official stated that once again, Tottenham were in an offside position before the incident occurred.

The ball is touched by Fernando Llorente and into Erik Lamela, who is fractionally offside in my opinion.

As we have seen with VAR now, offside is a matter of fact and no benefit is given to the attacking team. Therefore, the penalty should not have been allowed.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.