Tottenham have lodged an appeal concerning Christian Eriksen’s second goal against Stoke City on Saturday after Harry Kane insisted he provided the final touch.
Eriksen was officially awarded both goals as Spurs beat struggling Stoke 2-1 at the bet365 Stadium.
His first goal was anything but controversial – the Dane struck the ball into the bottom corner after some patient build-up play from Dele Alli.
Mame Biram Diouf took advantage of a Hugo Lloris mistake to equalise for the hosts before Spurs restored their advantage midway through the second half.
Eriksen’s free-kick appeared to go all the way in, but Kane was and still is adamant the ball brushed off his should before hitting the back of the net.
“I swear on my daughter’s life that I touched the ball! But there’s nothing I can do,” Kane said after the game.
“If they turn it around, they turn it around. If they take my word, they take my word. It is what it is, but the most important thing is that we won the game.”
The striker remains five goals behind the Premier League’s top goalscorer Mohamed Salah, but the gap could be closed to four if Tottenham’s appeal is accepted.
Inevitably, the appeal has left some fans wondering why the club is so concerned with Kane being awarded the goal.
The 24-year-old is chasing a third successive Golden Boot, and every goal clearly matters to him while he is still trailing Salah.
Kane perhaps has a bigger ego than it appears on the surface. He is driven by the opportunity to score more goals than anyone else and break records on a more regular basis.
The appeal proves his employers are behind him in that regard, such is his value to Spurs.