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.”
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.