Heung-min Son has come in for some severe criticism following his antics against Manchester United, but one former Premier League striker believes it’s the officials who are most to blame.
Edinson Cavani thought he had given United the lead on Sunday, only for the goal to be overturned due to contact made on Son by Scott McTominay.
It was the slightest of touches from the midfielder, but Son fell to the turf and the incident was deemed significant enough for the goal to be disallowed.
Troy Deeney, who plays for Watford in the Championship, has suggested Son was only reacting in the manner that managers would expect of their players.
Speaking on talkSPORT, he said: “You are told to (go down if there’s contact)
“Managers tell you…refs will tell you. I’ll probably get in trouble for this, but oh well.
“If I get smashed and I don’t go down it’s like, ‘oh play on, you’re a big guy, you can look after yourself’.
“But if you do go down it’s like, ‘oh, it’s blatantly obvious so I can give that now’.
“They do it outside of the penalty area, it’s been happening for years, if someone goes down in the middle of the park it’s safe, blow the whistle, ‘I won’t get in trouble for that’.
“I would expect to be hammered and ridiculed if I went down like that. Not just by the fans but my friends as well.
“If it won us the game, though, it would be worth it. That’s always the argument. But morally is it right? Not for me.
“So I think the referee has to take a huge look at himself for that decision.”
Tottenham return to action on Friday night when they take on Everton at Goodison Park.