Was Harry Kane lucky to avoid FA punishment?

Harry’s Headbutt

Tottenham’s star striker will be available to face Arsenal on Saturday in the North London derby following the FA’s decision to take no retrospective action against the 25-year-old.

Kane was involved in some controversy in Spurs’ encounter with Chelsea as he appeared to push his head towards the Blues’ captain, Cesar Azpilicueta, as the two men looked ready to come to blows at Stamford Bridge.

The forward’s anger may have been borne out of frustration due to his team’s poor form in recent weeks and the fact that they were on the losing end of the result, with Chelsea taking a two goal lead and earning all three points.

However, this is not an excuse for what Harry Kane did, as it is widely accepted as being wrong to move your head towards an opponent. The England international should have known better than to put himself in this position.

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Was He Fortunate?

The FA discussed Kane’s supposed headbutt on Thursday after referee Andre Marriner included the incident in his match report and decided against a punishment, to the surprise of some.

This announcement means that Kane will not face what could have been a three match ban had the FA found him guilty of violent conduct.

That was not the sole altercation in which Kane was involved in that night, as Kane found himself taking part in an unfriendly exchange with centre-back David Luiz.

They confronted one another on the touchline when the ball left the field, as Tottenham’s number ten shoved Luiz, with the Brazilian retaliating in the form of a kick from the floor, which led to the referee handing both men a yellow card.

The reason that Kane should feel fortunate for not facing any punishment is partly due to an incident he was not involved in, as Richarlison of Everton received a red card for more or less the same incident, as he moved his head towards Bournemouth’s Adam Smith earlier this season.

It can be argued that the FA are trying to protect their nation’s top players and are not willing to hand out punishments in an attempt to keep the names of such players clean.

If true, it would be a shocking revelation but somewhat understandable, though supporters from all ends of the land would be hugely agitated at the discrimination against foreign individuals.

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What Next for Kane?

Tottenham’s frustration was evident for all to see as they were beaten for the second successive outing in the Premier League for the first time since September as their title challenge was virtually torn to shreds.

However, they have a titanic fixture on the horizon as they take on their bitter enemies on Saturday afternoon, a match which Kane has historically played well in.

He has found the net in every single one of his past eight appearances versus the Gunners, and if his side hold any hopes of keeping pace with Manchester City and Liverpool they will need as much help from Kane as possible.

Kane will have his eyes on the Premier League golden boot as he sits three behind Sergio Aguero in the charts, with fifteen on the board himself.

If he does win the achievement of top goal-scorer in the league this season, it will lead many to doubt of the FA’s punishment process from those who are not already questioning English football’s governing body.

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