At first we all kind of laughed it off. Oh ha ha ha, Harry Kane, very funny, but there’s no way you really made contact with that free kick. But Kane kept insisting, first saying that it glanced off his shoulder in post-match interviews, then apparently arguing with his teammates in the changing room.
Now, he’s taken it one step further — Tottenham Hotspur have apparently appealed to the league that Spurs’ winning goal against Stoke City on Saturday should be credited to Kane, and not to Christian Eriksen, who was awarded the goal after a review from the Dubious Goals Panel.
Replays were pretty inconclusive, and even if you slow it down to Zapruder film levels of scrutiny it’s really not clear whether it got the merest of touches off of Kane’s shoulder.
But Kane isn’t backing down, not in the slightest. He even made the most solemn of oaths I can think of — on Ivy Jane.
“I swear on my daughter’s life that I touched the ball, but there’s nothing I can do. If they can turn it around, they can turn it around. If they take my word, they take my word. The most important thing is that we won the game.”
I get why he’s doing it. He’s just coming back from injury, he’s five goals behind Mo Salah for the Golden Boot race, and he’s desperate to get on the scorer’s sheet and win that third consecutive trophy. He certainly thinks he got that touch, and Spurs backing him up here represents their firm belief in their star striker.
Eriksen, to his credit, has been completely bemused by the entire thing, suggesting that he’s more than happy to let Kane take the credit for the goal.
“There are a lot of arguments going on around here. I think Harry, if he touched it, he touched it and it’s his goal. How he celebrated, he had the feeling he touched the ball.”
I have no idea how and if the Premier League will overturn the ruling on the field (and the subsequent video review), but we’ll find out soon.
Imagine the scenes, if you will, if it gets overturned, and Kane ends up pipping Salah to the Boot by a single goal. Kane is thirsty for this goal, and he’s not taking no for an answer.