Jermaine Jenas blasts ref David Coote after awarding Southampton penalty vs Tottenham


Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jermaine Jenas has blasted referee David Coote for awarding Southampton a late penalty in Spurs’ 5-2 victory at St Mary’s this afternoon.

With Spurs having turned the game on its head after Danny Ings’ opener, going 5-1 up thanks to four goals from Son Heung-min and a solitary hit from Harry Kane, the Saints were handed the chance to reduce the deficit in the 90th minute when they were awarded a penalty for handball.

Moussa Djenepo’s intended cross bounced off Harry Winks and up onto the arm of Matt Doherty, who, in truth, knew very little about it.

Play went on before VAR called it back for referee Coote to check. He went over to the pitchside monitor and deemed it a spot-kick, which was tucked away by Ings for his second of the game.

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Though the penalty didn’t have any kind of impact on the result, as Spurs were already well out in front, Jenas was less than impressed with Coote’s decision to point to the spot.

“It is getting silly, I think,” Jenas, who was on commentary duty for the game, told BT Sport. “Doherty’s hand is in a position where he is already defending with his arm out. The ball ricochets up onto his hand. It is not handball.

“It is not handball. We seem to have lost common sense in our game and I don’t understand how.”





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