Antonio Conte slams 'incredible' decision to disallow Harry Kane goal

Antonio Conte slams ‘incredible’ decision to disallow Harry Kane goal against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, after England captain is penalised for push on Thiago Silva in 2-0 defeat

  • Antonio Conte says the decision to disallow Harry Kane’s goal was ‘incredible’
  • Kane scored just before half-time but was ruled out for a foul on Thiago Silva
  • Video replay shows minimal contact between England captain and Brazilian
  • Silva headed home to double Chelsea’s lead late in the game at Stamford Bridge
  • Italian coach spoke about Dele Alli’s exclusion from Spurs’ matchday squad 

Antonio Conte angrily branded the decision to disallow Harry Kane’s first-half goal as ‘incredible’ following Tottenham’s loss to Chelsea.

Kane saw his goal – that would have put Spurs 1-0 up – chalked off by referee Paul Tierney for a push on Thiago Silva, a decision VAR backed up.

But replays showed there to be minimal contact with the decision infuriating Conte and Tottenham, which the Italian highlighted in his post-match interview.

Antonio Conte branded the decision to rule out Harry Kane’s first-half strike as ‘incredible’

Conte said: ‘The referee disallowed a goal and I was very clear with him because I think it’s best sometimes it’s best to tell the referee in a polite way, to see this type of goal disallowed in England is incredible.’  

‘Maybe in Italy 50-50, but in England it was incredible.’

Even Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel revealed his shock at the goal being ruled out, saying: ‘I didn’t see it – live I thought it was a goal and was surprised.’

Harry Kane’s strike was ruled out despite replays showing minimal contact on Thiago Silva

Spurs have lost three times in 18 days to Chelsea. Throw in the 3-0 home defeat in the reverse fixture in September and it is four with eight goals conceded and none scored.

Meanwhile, Conte insisted it is up to the club to decide the futures if Giovani Lo Celso, Dele Alli and Tanguy Ndombele, after all three were absent from the travelling squad.

Lo Celso took to social media yesterday to explain he is fully fit, an indication that his non-selection was purely down to Conte.

Dele Alli failed to make the matchday squad with midfielder rumoured to leave this month

On Le Celso, Conte said: ‘I selected the players for this game and for this question is one for the club to answer.’

Dele Alli has been out of favour in recent weeks and has become available for transfer with Newcastle and Everton said to be interested.

When asked about Alli’s future, Conte said: ‘I don’t want to comment on single players.

‘There is the club to make the best decision. There is a sporting director and chairman and they take the last decision.’

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