The PGMOL have confirmed that referee Jon Moss was correct to award Harry Kane a penalty, also denying his decision had been influenced by the fourth official.
Moss and his assistant referee Eddie Smart were filmed discussing the incident, with the referee awarding the penalty, despite asking for advice from Martin Atkinson.
The pair were discussing as to whether Liverpool defender Dejan Loveren had touched the ball, which would have meant Kane would have been onside before the incident took place.
The PGMOL have denied that the fourth official Atkinson had influenced Moss to award the penalty, with the referee just needing to clarify as to whether Lovren had deliberately played the ball after the linesman had signalled for offside.
Kane had in fact been played onside as the Croatian defender’s clearance was the final touch, something Moss was confident of, according to the PGMOL.
A PGMOL spokesman said:
“Jon Moss was in a good position to see that a Liverpool player deliberately played the ball before it fell to Harry Kane in the penalty area.
He then correctly judged that Kane was fouled by Loris Karius.
However, given the speed of the attack, he was uncertain of the identity of the Liverpool player who kicked the ball.
Eddie Smart, having identified that Kane was in an offside position, correctly sought clarification on whether Dejan Lovren had deliberately played the ball.
His question created some momentary confusion when Eddie asked if ‘Lovren’ had touched the ball.
Moss knew a Liverpool player had touched the ball but not that it was Lovren.
He then asked a question to his fourth official Martin Atkinson and acknowledges that referencing ‘TV’ was misguided.
Atkinson did not reply to the question and so had no involvement in the decision.
Having properly reflected on the questions asked, Jon knew that a Liverpool player, now identified as Lovren, had played the ball and that no offside offence had occurred. He then awarded the penalty.
For the avoidance of doubt, Atkinson did not view a television monitor and did not relay any information to the on-field officials.”
FT: Liverpool 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Sunday afternoon saw two Premier League heavyweights collide in a mouth-watering clash, as Liverpool and Tottenham produced one of the most thrilling Premier League encounters of the season.
In quite exquisite fashion, Kane stepped up from 12-yards to salvage Spurs a point, following a moment of magic from Mo Salah who netted a wonderful solo-goal which looked to have won it for the Reds.
A lackadaisical moment from Tottenham’s Eric Dier gifted Liverpool the lead within the first five minutes, as Salah raced on to the 24-year-old’s wayward pass to slot home his 20th league goal of the season.
The game seriously sprung into life in the final 10 minutes, as substitute Victor Wayama riffled home a rocket-shot to finally bring Spurs level, after much probing of the Liverpool back line.
Five minutes later, referee Jon Moss awarded Kane a spot kick, as the forward was felled by the onrushing Loris Karius after Dejan Lovren’s miscued clearance sent him through on goal.
Following much debate from the officials, Kane stepped up, looking for his 100th Premier League goal, only to be denied by Liverpool’s German keeper.
As the game headed into additional time, Salah produced a scintillating stunner, sending Klopp and Anfield into utter jubilation having looked a though they had stolen the three points right at the death.
However, Harry and co were not done yet, in the final minute of the four added on, Virgil van Dijk desperately attempted to clear a Fernando Llorente flick on, only to catch the legs of Erik Lamela, forcing assistant referee Eddie Smart to award a penalty.
Up stepped Kane for redemption, who this time sent Karius the wrong way, denying Liverpool the chance of moving five points from fifth-placed Tottenham.