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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.
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