Harry Kane's Equaliser Assisted By Ball Boy Shouldn't Have Stood
By Mike Parrott
Harry Kane's equalising goal against Olympiacos yesterday shouldn't have stood. This is due to Serge Aurier's quick throw-in being deemed a foul-throw when looking at replays.
Tottenham scored an unbelievable counter-attacking goal last night, began by a Tottenham ball boy shouldn't have stood. Serge Aurier's quick throw-in was definitely a foul throw when seen via replay.
Goal - KANE- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 26, 2019
Assist - BALL BOY
Quick thinking helped to get Spurs level against Olympiacos
Spurs were initially 2-1 down 50 minutes into the game before they equalised through a deft play that led to Kane grabbing the goal, which ultimately led to Tottenham's 4-2 comeback win over Olympiacos.
However, replays of the goal demonstrate that Aurier's left foot was over the touchline when planted - and as such constitutes a foul throw.
VAR was of course available at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium - but it chose not intervene and disallow the goal on that occasion.
Unlike the clear manner in which the right-back's foot was over the line, UEFA's official VAR protocol is far more hazy regarding the matter.
What's the use of VAR?- ND (@niyant10) November 27, 2019
If the officials don't know how to use it and are just sitting there for the sake of it ?
Just look at Aurier's foot
Afaik that's an illegal throw-in pic.twitter.com/VzQsf6bUlg
VAR states: "The VAR is also able to take into account any infringement that could have taken place in the immediate build-up to the incident."
This wouldn't be the first time Serge Aurier has struggle at taking throw-ins. In February 2018 he famously and rather embarrassingly managed to take three foul throws in the same match against Crystal Palace.
Jose Mourinho however, dedicated the majority of his post-match press conference to the ball boy who began the counter-attack with a swift response to the ball going out of play.