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Scotland hero brands Harry Kane penalty award ‘the biggest con job since 1966’



Scotland hero brands Harry Kane penalty award ‘the biggest con job since 1966’

SCOTLAND hero David Speedie offered a scathing assessment of the decision to award England a game-changing penalty against the Netherlands.

Gareth Southgate’s men have a place in Sunday’s Euro 2024 final but they were up against it a goal down until referee Felix Zwayer changed his original opinion on VAR advice before pointing to the spot after a challenge by Denzel Dumfries on Harry Kane.


Harry Kane converts the penalty which he won
Harry Kane lies on the ground


Harry Kane lies on the ground
David Speedie, during his time at Blackburn Rovers


David Speedie, during his time at Blackburn RoversCredit: PA:Empics Sport

Bayern Munich striker Kane had blazed his shot wide when he caught the Dutch defender on his follow through.

While referee Zwayer originally awarded only the goal kick, he was sent to the monitor for what was deemed a “clear and obvious error”.

And former Chelsea and Scotland star Speedie clearly was less than delighted with the decision.

He reckoned it was the worst such decision in world football since the disputed Geoff Hurst goal against West Germany which gave England back the lead in their 1966 World Cup win on home soil.

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Speedie said: “The biggest con job in world football since that goal in 1966.

“That was never a pen. The Dutch have been robbed.”

Not everyone couched their language in such strong terms, but another former Scotland hero in the form of Ally McCoist was equally aghast at the decision.

Commentating from the ITV booth, the Rangers nine in a row hero said: “In truth Harry Kane has kicked him.

“Not a penalty for me.

“And I certainly don’t think for a minute that it’s a clear and obvious error.”

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Christina Unkel, ITV’s refereeing analyst for Euro 2024, admitted she was surprised the incident was checked – “because it is not a clear and obvious error”.

She said: “Kane is getting his shot off, his momentum is following him through.”

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