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Jamie Carragher loved seeing what the referee did to two Tottenham players on Saturday

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Jamie Carragher loved seeing both Harry Kane and Pierre Emile Hojbjerg trying to buy free-kicks and failing during Tottenham Hotspur’s game against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Protests waved away

Speaking on Monday Night Football, Carragher highlighted the Spurs game as one which showed the improving refereeing standards in the Premier League.

England’s top flight have loosened the rules over the handing out of free-kicks, with players now having to do more to get fouled.

This lighter touch has been praised by pundits, but has seen some managers appeal that their players aren’t getting enough protection.

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Tottenham saw the difficulties with the new system, as both Kane and Hojbjerg went to ground against Palace but were given nothing for their troubles.

Frustrating times

Kane was clipped by Joachim Andersen, but he exaggerated contact and play was allowed to go on, while Hojbjerg went down after a light touch on the wing only to see his protests waved away.

The problem for the Premier League is that there has been suggestions that allowing the small fouls to go unpunished leads to some more fierce challenges coming in later in the game.

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But Carragher insists that he doesn’t want to see tackles which endanger opponents safety, he just enjoys watching players being unable to win cheap free-kicks.

“This thing with letting the game flow is not letting that flow [Tarkowski’s challenge on Richarlison]. Nobody wants that,” Carragher said.

“What I want to highlight is the Spurs against Crystal Palace game and there was a couple of challenges in there, this is what we like in terms of the lighter touch.

“When Harry Kane goes down, he’s trying to buy a foul – that’s not a foul.

“When we’re saying we’re liking what we’re seeing it’s this!

“Hojbjerg goes down trying to buy a foul out of nothing, this is what we want.”

Tottenham’s failure to win set pieces against Palace rather sums up how the game went for them.

Spurs crashed to a 3-0 defeat at Selhurst Park with Japhet Tanganga getting sent off, in what was an extremely difficult afternoon for Nuno’s side.

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