Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno backs Harry Kane over ‘dive’ in north London derby: ‘That is normal in this game’

first_imgAdvertisement Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno backs Harry Kane over ‘dive’ in north London derby: ‘That is normal in this game’ Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 4 Sep 2019 3:55 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy linkcenter_img Advertisement Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Harry Kane collided late in the north London derby (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has chimed in on the debate over whether Harry Kane dived late on in the north London derby, but has surprisingly sat on the fence over the Tottenham striker’s actions.Kane went down in the closing stages of the match at the Emirates after contact from Sokratis Papastathopoulos, but it appeared that the England captain had initiated the impact himself.The incident has led to Gunners legend Ian Wright labeling Kane a ‘cheat’ and Jose Mourinho agreeing that it was not a penalty.However, Leno would not go as far as accusing Kane of diving, telling the official Arsenal website: ‘I don’t know, I think from Kane and also from Sokratis it was maybe over-reacting from both but that is normal in this game.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Everybody was going crazy in the last minutes, all the fans and players were crazy and the referee made the right decision, he just said that everyone should calm down so it was okay.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityKane was asked about the clash after the game as he watched it back on a replay and he believes it was only not given because it was in the penalty box.‘He makes a tired tackle, I think on the half-way line I get it, when you’re in the box it’s kind of 50-50,’ Kane told Sky Sports.‘The ref probably thinks I’m looking for it, but all I’m trying to do is shield the ball. It is what it is, it could be given in some games, it weren’t today.’Kane was involved in a similar situation against Newcastle a week earlier when Jamal Lascelles appeared to bring him down in the box but no penalty was given.Former Scotland international Craig Burley believes that Kane dived on both occasions and feels that he is given preferential treatment in the media as the England captain.‘Well in my opinion he’s dived twice in the last two weeks,’ Burley told ESPN FC.‘You can say ‘well he’s drawn contact and he’s clever’ but I’m not going to give it a swerve because he’s the darling of the English media and the English captain. He’s thrown himself to the ground the last two weeks.‘If that was Johnny Foreigner years ago, as were all reminded of, then “we don’t want that kind of thing in the British game, we don’t do that”.‘Well you do, and he does. The English captain’s a diver, there you go, that’s all you need to know. The England captain’s a diver.’MORE: Arsenal legend Ray Parlour defends Granit Xhaka after Tottenham drawMORE: Dani Ceballos’ class reaction as Alexandre Lacazette scores for Arsenal against Tottenhamlast_img read more

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