Harry Kane played the full 90 minutes in Chelsea’s 2-0 victory over Tottenham at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night but the striker should have been sent off for his attempted headbutt on Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta, according to former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg.
Kane was involved in an altercation with Azpilicueta during the game and appeared to move his head towards the Chelsea defender. Even though there was minimal contact with Azpilicueta, Clattenburg insists Kane should have been shown a red card because it doesn’t matter how severe it was as even an attempted headbutt is a red card offence.
Clattenburg expects the FA to take retrospective action against Kane since the incident was missed by the match officials.
“Harry Kane can count himself lucky not to have been sent off on Wednesday,” Clattenburg told Daily Mail.
“I have experienced just how competitive matches between Chelsea and Tottenham can be and Kane lost his cool with Cesar Azpilicueta in the first half.
“The Tottenham striker deliberately moved his head towards the Chelsea captain. There looked to be minimal contact with Azpilicueta but it does not matter how severe it was.
“Even if it was an attempted headbutt, that still carries the same punishment — a red card.
“Fortunately for Kane, Azpilicueta did not make a meal of it. The incident seemed to be missed by the match officials and the FA could now take retrospective action against Kane.”
Kane was also involved in another incident with Chelsea defender David Luiz just before the end of the match and Clattenburg insists the referee was right to show both players a yellow card.
“He was at the centre of another flashpoint deep into stoppage time as Tottenham tried to get back into the game, but it was nothing more than handbags,” Clattenburg added.
“Kane was tripped by David Luiz while trying to retrieve the ball on the touchline and both players reacted aggressively.
“Referee Andre Marriner defused the incident by correctly showing both players a yellow card.”