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Jose Mourinho has defended Harry Kane from accusations of dangerous play by pointing the finger at Premier League divers.
Kane won a penalty against Brighton by stepping underneath Adam Lallana, who was trying to clear the ball during Tottenham ’s 2-1 win on Sunday.
But in a week where Mo Salah was accused of diving to win Liverpool a penalty, Mourinho claims the focus should be on players who go down too easily.
The Spurs boss, whose side face Ludogorets in the Europa League on Thursday night, said: “Speak about Liverpool. Speak about Manchester United.
“Speak about these penalties where there is a clever guy and somebody comes and blows on them and they are on the floor. Don’t speak about Harry Kane.
“He didn’t win a penalty. Lallana made a penalty. Kane didn’t win anything. For me it’s clear.
“I think you are confused. Because you could be speaking about some Manchester United players. You could be speaking about some Manchester City players.
“You could be speaking about some Liverpool players. You could be speaking about some Chelsea players.
“And you are speaking about Harry Kane being in a dangerous position. What are you speaking about being clever or not being clever? That was a foul.
“He sees the ball in the air. He uses his body to protect. And Lallana was reckless. He made a mistake. He made a mistake, period. There is no story.”
Kane’s penalty was not the only controversial incident on the night, with Tariq Lamptey’s equaliser for Brighton standing despite Solly March appearing to foul Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in the build-up.
Scott became the first Premier League referee to stick with his original decision after consulting the pitchside VAR monitor, and Mourinho urged him to explain his though process after the match.
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“Probably the referee should go to the press conference and explain,” he said.
“He had time to go to the screen so only he can explain why it is a goal. He is a good ref and a good guy, only he can explain that decision. My view doesn't matter.”
- Harry Kane
- Jose Mourinho
- Tottenham Hotspur FC
- Manchester United FC
- Liverpool FC
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