Burnley caretaker boss Mike Jackson was left fuming over the awarding of a penalty during their crucial Premier League game against Tottenham. Harry Kane scored from the penalty spot after Ashley Barnes was adjudged to have handled the ball in the penalty box. Although the striker’s hand was away from the body he had no time to react to the ball striking his arm.
“I’ve just watched it back – I don’t think it’s a penalty. You have to look at what happens before the ball comes in. It’s an 18-yard box with bodies in it, people are competing,” Burnley caretaker boss Mike Jackson said. “Someone pulls Ash’s arm, he tries to keep his balance. How he can get out of the way of that, I don’t know. You don’t stand in an 18-yard box with your arms by your side. They’re up and they’re using your strength. Nobody has even appealed for a penalty. How can you go back into the 18-yard box and there’s three shirt pulls, someone pulls someone’s arm – you’d never get the game going. I’m annoyed but I’m proud of the group. They gave a right go. There’s a sign of fighting spirit. I don’t want to take my annoyance out on something when they played so well.”
“I think [it’s] 200 percent [a penalty] – not even 100 percent,” Tottenham boss Antonio Conte added. It was so clear and honestly, it is difficult to understand their [Burnley’s] complaints.”
“If I say what I think I am suspended for six months. I don’t know how to lie so I prefer not to say what I think. I cannot say what I think,” Mikel Arteta said after Spurs were awarded a controversial penalty in the North London Derby. “I want the referees to come in front of the camera and explain his decisions. It’s a shame because such a beautiful game was destroyed today.”