Roy Keane has told Sky Sports (broadcast on 11/4; 18:41) that Son Heung-min should be embarrassed for the way he went down after a clash with Scott McTominay during Tottenham Hotspur’s defeat to Manchester United on Sunday.
Spurs threw away another lead to lose 3-1 at the weekend. However, they could have gone behind a lot sooner.
Edinson Cavani’s first-half effort was ruled out after the referee decided that Son had been fouled in the build-up.
The incident in question saw the South Korean caught in the face by McTominay as the midfielder looked to get away from the Spurs star.
There did not appear to be a lot of contact. And that prompted Keane to criticise Son, as well as Marcus Rashford who had gone down holding his face following a clash earlier in the game.
“I am amazed really,” he told Sky Sports. “I think if this is a foul then we should all go home. It’s really bizarre.
“For a player like Son, just to roll around like that, it’s embarrassing. That cannot be a foul. How a player can stay down.
“And it’s not just Son. To be fair, Rashford did it ten minutes earlier. Both sets of players, rolling around and screaming.”
In fairness to Son, it is becoming increasingly clear that referees are less likely to give a foul if a player does not make the most of any contact and go to ground.
Clearly, many think that McTominay did nothing unnatural. But it is impossible to prove that he did not mean to catch Son either.
Tottenham fans would also be forgiven for pointing at Paul Pogba escaping punishment for a clash with Serge Aurier earlier in the game.
As frustrating as it can be, referees have encouraged players to accentuate any contact by choosing to not give decisions for those who are more honest.