Former Premier League referee Chris Foy believes neither penalty should have been given at Wembley on Saturday when Arsenal travelled to face Tottenham.

davinson sanchez stamp

Harry Kane was offside as he challenged with the Arsenal centre-backs, making that the superseding infringement despite what Sam Wallace is trying to tell us.

telegraph 2
Sam Wallace in the Sunday Telegraph. He was then on Sunday Supplement continuing this narrative that is completely wrong
chris foy spurs v arsenal
Mail on Sunday, 3 March 2019

There was also minimal contact on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the one he won but to hear Spurs players, management and fans moaning about that, when they’ve based the entirety of their ‘greatness’ on falling over when the wind changes, is a little bit Trumpy if you ask me.

Anyway, back to Foy.

Writing in the Mail on Sunday, he said, “As for the Arsenal penalty, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang certainly wasn’t tripped by Davinson Sanchez and there was minimal contact.

“I don’t think that’s enough for him to go to ground, so no penalty in my book.

“That said, the penalty should have been retaken because Jan Vertonghen was encroaching when Aubameyang took his penalty and it was the Belgian who produced the block when the rebound was fired in. VAR would have sorted that out — and would, of course, have seen the Spurs equaliser ruled out.”

For some reason, they didn’t ask him to discuss why Danny Rose wasn’t booked for diving early in the game. Nor did they ask why, if Lucas Torreira’s red was deserved, Danny Rose only received a yellow for his similar challenge in a much more dangerous area? There was also no mention of Davinson Sanchez’s kick-out at Laurent Koscielny at the end of the game.

That isn’t surprising. I see that Match of the Day didn’t feel it worthy of a mention either, nor did Oliver Holt in the Mail on Sunday.