Harry Kane is being criticized on social media for his alleged diving shenanigans during Tottenham’s 1-1 draw with Everton on Monday night.
The Spurs legend was pushed in the face by Abdoulaye Doucoure before falling to the ground clutching his eyes. Doucoure was promptly sent-off and Kane seemed to be fine just moments later. Though the face-grabbing was illegal and should have definitely been punished, I can’t help but think the 6ft2, 86 kg Kane overreacted a little bit.
No Excuse For This Behaviour
What hurts even more is the fact that I deeply admire Kane for his endevours both on and off the pitch. He’s both England and Tottenham’s record goalscorer and he’s been one of the world’s best strikers for almost a decade now.
Personable and down-to-earth, the 29-year-old is everything a footballer should be. With that being said, it still doesn’t excuse Kane for his cringeworthy attempt at appearing hurt.
May I point out that Harry Kane is not alone in this ridiculous play-acting. Everybody remembers the ‘pain’ Rivaldo was in back in 2002 when a ball booted at his legs caused him to clutch his face and fall to the ground in the hopes of getting the opposition player sent-off.
We all malign Neymar for his utter collapse whenever a defender gets near him, and plenty of social media users accuse Jack Grealish of doing the same. Diving certainly isn’t new, but it is becoming more and more overt as the years go by.
Hardmen Gone From The Game
True football hardmen like Graeme Souness, Roy Keane, and Stuart Pearce are becoming a thing of the past and the quality of the beautiful game has suffered as a result. Though football should have clear rules about ungentlemanly conduct, players need to be reminded that the game is indeed a contact sport and they are not made from glass.
Tottenham must get their act together if they are to keep their top four hopes alive as they face stiff competition from Brighton, Manchester United, and Newcastle. Spurs have already racked-up 9 losses in 22/23 so far and their main focus should be winning each game instead of defending slender 1-0 leads against sides near the relegation zone.
Last night was a reminder that football is becoming more and more like a pantomime each passing year and players are happy to collapse like a deck of cards if it’ll benefit their side.
Spurs didn’t win the game in the end, and although Doucoure was also in the wrong, Kane’s dreadful dive was rectified courtesy of a stunning Michael Keane equalizer.
My respect for Harry Kane remains high, though I hope he puts his diving behind him from now on.
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