Hargreaves fuming at what happened at Tottenham


Owen Hargreaves has stated that he is ‘not a fan’ of the awarding of Tottenham’s penalty during their 1-0 win over Burnley on Sunday.

The former England midfielder added that the call to punish Ashley Barnes for a handball could be a ‘£100 million decision’, as he told Premier League Productions (15/05/22 at 1:00 pm).

Spurs were knocking down Burnley’s relegation door with all their Champions League might, but they just couldn’t get through.

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But, towards the end of the first half, Barnes was punished for handball in the area, with the on-field referee Kevin Friend, going to his monitor and awarding the spot-kick.

The manner in which the law is written is what is seemingly bugging Hargreaves, as he wasn’t a happy man at that call.

“The way the ruling is set up,” said Hargreaves. “They are always going to give it. But I’m not a fan of it.

“Sanchez just kicks it anywhere and Barnes has his hand out in an unnatural position.

“But I think the way the wording is, they are always going to give that. And I am not a fan of giving those.

“I mean that could be a £100 million decision. It didn’t really warrant it but because of the way they have drawn it up, they are going to give that every time they go to the monitor.”

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Tottenham moved into the top-four with those three points, with Arsenal due to play Newcastle United on Monday night.

As for Burnley, they couldn’t pull away from the relegation mire, and despite being out of the bottom three at the start of the day, they are now in the danger zone.

Leeds scored a last-minute goal to secure an all-important point against Brighton to move a point above Mike Jackon’s side.

But, to add further spice to this relegation fight, Everton, despite taking the lead twice, were beaten 3-2 against Brentford after being reduced to nine men.

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