Chris Sutton has dubbed Harry Kane the “King of the Divers” after the Tottenham striker hit the deck to win a penalty against Everton.
Kane went down in the box under a challenge from Jordan Pickford after the England goalkeeper spilled Matt Doherty‘s effort. Referee Paul Tierney had no hesitation in pointing to the spot, awarding a penalty which Kane duly converted to make it 1-0.
Footage of the incident was widely debated on social media, with some fans believing the 29-year-old had dived. Others thought the spot-kick award was correct, although one man who had no doubt about Kane’s intentions was BBC 5 Live pundit Sutton.
Speaking on the radio after the match, Sutton said: “I think Harry Kane is the King of the Divers, isn’t he? He initiated the contact, he was already on his way down with Jordan Pickford.
“We’ve seen it time and time again. Listen, I get it, he’s the England captain, but he’s a diver. I think Everton were hard done by.”
Robbie Savage attempted to defend Kane but Sutton wasn’t having any of it. He continued: “Look at it again Rob. He’s really cute in the way that he does it but he’s super alert, he takes the touch. You look closely Rob, you haven’t looked at it closely, he’s already on his way down and he initiates the contact. It’s a dive.”
Plenty of football fans on social media agreed with Sutton’s opinion. One said: “How is this penalty?!? Kane is the biggest cheat around but gets away with it because he’s England’s captain.”
A second user added: “Kane is such a cheat. That’s a massive dive. He throws his leg into Pickford’s head.” A third person commented: “That’s an awful dive from Kane. Head on hip doesn’t make your legs shoot out and your arms go out like superman. About the only way they can score though.”
While another angry supporter chimed in with: “Harry Kane is the worst diver in Premier League history, but won’t get the criticism he deserves because he’s England’s big-chinned and brave number 9.”
Kane’s penalty set Tottenham on their way to their third win in a week. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg made sure of all three points late on as Antonio Conte‘s side moved level with Manchester City in the Premier League on 23 points.