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How Twitter reacted to Harry Kane being awarded his ‘goal’ against Stoke

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How Twitter reacted to Harry Kane being awarded his ‘goal’ against Stoke

The Goal Accreditation Panel’s decision has caused quite a stir.

The most talked-about storyline from Tottenham’s 2-1 win over Stoke City was not the implications of Stoke’s fourth straight defeat, nor Spurs virtually wrapping up a top-four spot.

Instead, the identity of the scorer of Tottenham’s second goal dominated the headlines.

In the 63rd minute at the bet365 Stadium, Christian Eriksen whipped in an in-swinging free kick from the left wing and was initially awarded with the goal. Yet striker Harry Kane wheeled away in celebration, arriving late on the scene and claiming the strike as his own.

It was a dubious situation to say the least: video replays appeared to show Kane attempting to flick on the Dane’s cross, but failing to make any meaningful contact. What is clear is that the direction of the ball did not change, yet Kane’s shoulder came within very close proximity to the ball.

But did he touch it? On the surface of things, the debate may seem insignificant. Tottenham won the match thanks to the 63rd-minute goal, and regardless of who scored it, Spurs will take the three points.

Yet, the strike could play a crucial role in the Golden Boot race, as Kane chases Liverpool star Mohamed Salah for the honour of the league’s top scorer. Kane appealed to the Premier League directly after the match, claiming the goal as his own and imploring the Match of the Day presenters to back up his case.

The Twitter scenes truly kicked off when it was announced at noon Wednesday that the Premier League Goal Accreditation Appeals Panel had awarded Kane the goal.

Just 15 minutes later, Mo Salah responded in disbelief, along with a number of his Liverpool teammates.

The footballing Twitter community united in disbelief at the news, joining the Liverpool players in utter surprise. The shock created a new meme format, in which Kane claimed any goal you could imagine.

The Spurs striker even began to claim awards from completely different sports.

Yet more than a few fans were fed up with the banter, fearing the joke had been overplayed.

But it seems one camera angle has settled the debate once and for all: it was clearly Eriksen’s goal.

All that fuss to still be four goals behind Mo Salah.

Max is a journalist studying at the University of Pennsylvania. Max specialises in English football and co-hosts a weekly podcast. He is also a politics reporter and deputy news editor for The Daily Pennsylvanian.

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