Kane adamantly seeks credit for goal, Mohamed Salah replies ‘Wooooooow really?’
The ridicule facing Harry Kane has been cutting and biting.
Opposition players dished out emojis lampooning the Tottenham striker. Rival fans targeted him on social media with doctored images.
Kane’s misdemeanor? Wanting credit for a goal.
After great adamancy in claiming the goal, the Goal Accreditation Appeals Panel released a verdict that it was in fact Kane’s.
Mohamed Salah, who is the leading top scorer in the league, humorously reacted online. When the Liverpool striker tweeted “Wooooooow really?” it was obvious what he was referring to.
Wooooooow really ?— Mohamed Salah (@22mosalah) April 11, 2018
It wasn’t enough for Kane that Tottenham claimed a 2-1 victory at Stoke on Saturday, nudging the north London club closer to a third successive appearance in the Champions League.
Christian Eriksen was recorded as the scorer of both goals but Kane was adamant he got the faintest of touches to the Dane’s second effort.
“It was my goal,” Kane said at Stoke. “It flicked off my shoulder and went in.”
That was not how the Premier League Match Center viewed it.
So determined was Kane to move onto 25 goals in the league this season, he issued a heartfelt plea.
“I swear on my daughter’s life that I touched the ball,” he said. “But there’s nothing I can do.”
Then he found out about the Goal Accreditation Appeals Panel. Testimony was submitted and a three-person panel reviewed the video footage.
“The final touch on the ball belonged to Kane,” it declared on Wednesday night, providing vindication for Kane. But at a cost? The England international now needs to accept being teased about it.
The taunts are largely humorous rather than the venom that often infects social media messages sent to footballers.
Images of landmark goals in football were already flooding Twitter with Kane superimposed claiming the glory.
The Liverpool dressing room joined in. Trent Alexander-Arnold replied with two emojis - one with a hand covering his face; another representing a thinking face. Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet posted a video of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg smirking.
Former players wondered if they could top up their career goal hauls.
“I can think of half a dozen for the national side I might claim,” former Tottenham and England striker Gary Lineker tweeted.
Fifth-tier club Gateshead had a joke announcement to make: “Our second goal at Tranmere Rovers last night has now been awarded to Harry Kane.”
Kane’s determination to seek redress was viewed by many as vain and egotistical, however, others did view it as his right in the end.