Mike Jackson bemoans decision to award a penalty in loss to Tottenham

Burnley interim manager Mike Jackson bemoans ‘I don’t think it’s a penalty’ as Harry Kane’s spot-kick leaves Clarets in the bottom three of the Premier League ahead of final game of the season

  • Harry Kane scored from the penalty spot as Tottenham beat Burnley on Sunday
  • Interim boss Mike Jackson says the penalty should not have been awarded
  • Burnley are now in the bottom three after the loss at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Mike Jackson tried his best to remain upbeat but could not hide his irritation about the penalty decision against Ashley Barnes that ultimately secured victory for Tottenham and kept his Burnley team mired deeply in relegation trouble.

‘I don’t think it’s a penalty,’ fumed Jackson. ‘You’ve got to look at it in the context of what’s actually happened before the ball came in. It’s an 18-yard box with people competing. Someone pulls at Ash’s arm. He’s trying to keep his balance. The ball comes in and I don’t know how he can get out of the way.

‘You don’t stand in an 18-yard box with your arms at your side. You don’t do that. I don’t know if the referee’s played football before but you don’t do that. Your arms are up, there to protect you and help you to move, to give you strength.

Tottenham were awarded a penalty after the ball struck Ashley Barnes’ arm in the first half

Harry Kane converted it coolly to give his side the lead right before the half-time interval

‘I don’t get it. Nobody has even appealed for a penalty. You can go back into that 18-yard box and say there’s been three shirt-pulls and someone’s pulled someone’s arm and you’ll never get the game going.’

The ball glanced Barnes on his right arm as he defended a set-piece at the end of the first half.

Referee Kevin Friend did not blow until he was advised by his VAR Stuart Attwell to check the replays on the pitch-side monitor and, after a long delay, returned and pointed to the spot, sparking angry exchanges on the touchline.

Burnley interim boss Mike Jackson has bemoaned the referee’s decision to award the penalty

Burnley are in serious threat of going down on the final day of the season after Sunday’s loss

Harry Kane converted clinically, the only goal of the game, and dissent spilled into the tunnel as the players returned to the dressing rooms.

‘I’m annoyed but I’m proud of the group,’ said Jackson, who takes his team to Aston Villa on Thursday before finishing at home to Newcastle on Sunday. ‘I’ve seen some really good signs. I’ve seen a group that was fighting. They had that spirit still. I don’t want my annoyance with something to take away anything from that.’

Unsurprisingly, however, Spurs Antonio Conte thought it was a good decision. ‘Two hundred per cent a penalty,’ said Conte. ‘Not 100 per cent. It was so clear. It was very difficult to understand the complaints. If your arm is in this way and you take the ball, I think it is very, very clear, honestly.’

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