Tottenham’s supporters have flooded to social media this evening, to bemoan the decision not to hand Scott McTominay a 2nd yellow card during their meeting with Manchester United.
Son on target
Jose Mourinho’s men are of course currently locked in action with the Red Devils in north London.
The clash marks an absolutely crucial one in the race for a top-4 berth, with hosts Spurs, on the back of further dropped points at Newcastle last time out, having headed into proceedings on Saturday aware that nothing but a victory would suffice.
And, as things stand in the capital, a much-needed 3-point haul is precisely what the Lilywhites are headed towards.
With 45 minutes played, Mourinho and co. boast a 1-0 lead, on the back of Heung-min Son’s strike shortly before the interval.
After Harry Kane slipped in Lucas Moura on the right of the visitors’ box, the Brazilian made no mistake in squaring for Son to slot beyond Dean Henderson from close range:
⚪ Son puts Spurs in the lead! ⚪
The player who was fouled in the build-up to Man Utd’s disallowed goal scores the opener! The drama of the Premier League!. 🍿
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 11, 2021
Lamela precedent highlighted
Tottenham’s opener, however, has not proven the major talking point stemming from this evening’s clash thus far.
Instead, this has centered on a strike at the other end, which was eventually ruled out by VAR.
After Paul Pogba slipped Edinson Cavani in to drive home between the legs of Hugo Lloris, it appeared as though Manchester United had taken firm control of the action in north London.
Replays, however, quickly showcased the fact that, in the buildup to the effort, Scott McTominay’s hand had made contact with the face of Heung-min Son, as the former attempted to fend the South Korean off.
In turn, referee Chris Kavanagh was advised to check the incident on the pitch-side monitor, resulting in the decision to rule the goal out:
After visiting the Referee Review Area, Chris Kavanagh has not awarded the goal because there was a foul by Scott McTominay in the build-up
— Premier League (@premierleague) April 11, 2021
What looked set to be the game’s opening goal being overturned, however, was not enough for many of a Tottenham persuasion.
Instead, a host of the Lilywhites faithful have suggested that the woes of Manchester United should have been compounded by the already booked Scott McTominay seeing red.
Those in question have pointed towards a similar incident from last month’s North London Derby, which eventually resulted in Erik Lamela being handed his marching orders for a 2nd bookable offence:
Erik Lamela was sent off against Arsenal for exactly the same movement.
— The Spurs Express (@TheSpursExpress) April 11, 2021
Lamela got a second yellow and was sent off for exactly that about 3 weeks ago.
— DAN (@YidVids) April 11, 2021
Everyone going mad about the disallowed goal? If it’s lamela it’s a second yellow… mctominay is lucky.
— 🏴Harry🇱🇻 (@Harry_M51) April 11, 2021
*Lamela raises his arm and hits Tierney in the face and gets sent off*
Sky: Lamela is so wreckless, that’s an obvious sending off !!1!!
*Man United players raises his arm and hits Son in the face*
Sky: The games gone… If that’s a foul I’m going home !!!1!!
— Hotspur Edition (@HotspurEdition) April 11, 2021
United fans should just be lucky the ref didn’t give a 2nd yellow imo
— Matt (@HeftyMedia) April 11, 2021
Lamela didn’t even swing, McTominay did https://t.co/3pOSGgPJcA
— PDX Spurs (@PDXSpurs) April 11, 2021
McTominay should be awarded a second yellow! Lamela was sent-off for a similar action vs Arsenal last month.#TOTMUN
— ميشال الشماس 🇱🇧 Michel Chammas (@MichelAlChammas) April 11, 2021
Lamela got a second yellow for the exact same thing against arsenal, mctominay should’ve been given a second yellow and should be off
— tommy (@_thfctom_) April 11, 2021
This article was edited by Josh Barker.
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