Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Erik Lamela Deny Diving Claims

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The Mirror (UK)

Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Erik Lamela have denied diving to win controversial late penalties in a draw with Liverpool on Sunday at Anfield.

This is in response to Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk’s claim that Kane dove over goalkeeper Loris Karius for the first spot kick, a kick that missed goal. Lamela was then fouled by Van Dijk in the final minute of stoppage time.

“I think it is a dive. You see him diving clearly,” Van Dijk said, according to ESPN FC.

“I saw him coming in the end and I tried to hold my leg in, he just pulled his body in front of the ball and he goes down. That is also clearly not a penalty.”

“He definitely caught me because it hurt afterwards,” Lamela responded, according to The Standard (UK). “Maybe he meant to play the ball and not catch me; I’d need to see it again on TV.”

Karius said that he may have made contact with Kane.

“Yeah. He dived, he got in the way and I’m a player. It’s football so I’m not going to jump out of the way. I definitely felt contact and I went down.

“With Lamela’s, the linesman showed amazing character to give it because a lot happened involving him before the first penalty, so to give that one was massive.”

The plays led to much discussion and continued to be discussed today.