Harry Kane Praises Bukayo Saka and Labels Controversial Incident as ‘the Clearest Penalty I’ve Ever Seen’ at Arsenal

Harry Kane Praises Bukayo Saka and Labels Controversial Incident as ‘the Clearest Penalty I’ve Ever Seen’ at Arsenal

The Arsenal star took a tumble in the area, but earlier Gabriel’s handball was noticed and ignored.

Harry Kane admitted Bukayo Saka had a case for a penalty in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Bayern Munich, but claimed the German giants were previously denied “the clearest penalty I’ve ever seen.”

A thrilling Champions League quarter-final at the Emirates Stadium ended in a tie ahead of next week’s second leg, but the Gunners thought they had a chance to win it in the final seconds after Saka collided with goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

Referee Glenn Nyberg chose not to award a penalty, and replays indicated that the decision was likely correct. After the final whistle, Gunners legend Ian Wright agreed, but Martin Keown and Rio Ferdinand believed Arsenal should have been awarded a penalty.

When asked about the decision after the game, Kane informed Amazon Prime: “If that happened to us, I would want the penalty. But it’s a 50-50 decision.”

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Bayern’s head coach, Thomas Tuchel, added: “For me it was contact, but much too late. The ball was gone. He runs into Manu. Suddenly [the referee] blew the whistle. Then no one knew what was going on.”

Both Kane and Tuchel were more concerned with Nyberg’s decision not to award Bayern a penalty earlier, when Gabriel picked up the ball inside the box moments after David Raya restarted play with a goal kick.

Tuchel revealed after the game that the referee witnessed the incident but declined to award the penalty because “it’s a kid’s mistake” and “he will not give a penalty like this in a quarter-final.”

Tuchel continued:

“This is a horrible, horrible explanation because that means he’s judging our handballs. Kid’s mistake, adult’s mistake, or whatever.

“We feel angry because it’s a huge decision against us but okay, it’s 2-2, things are now totally even and we have a second leg to play and we hope we can create the same atmosphere and play with the same intensity and passion like today to create the same atmosphere in our stadium and push things in our direction.”

Kane agreed with his manager, adding: “We should have had a clear penalty when the referee blew his whistle, the goalkeeper passed the ball and Gabriel picked it up. That’s the clearest penalty I’ve ever seen.”

Harry Kane Praises Bukayo Saka and Labels Controversial Incident as ‘the Clearest Penalty I’ve Ever Seen’ at Arsenal

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