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.
Another great away win. Definitely claiming that goal, flicked off my shoulder on the way in. @GaryLineker and @alanshearer will clear that one up on @BBCMOTD ? #COYS #THFC #PremierLeague pic.twitter.com/jIDF7cLf3d
— Harry Kane (@HKane) April 7, 2018
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.
— Premier League Communications (@PLComms) April 11, 2018
Just 15 minutes later, Mo Salah responded in disbelief, along with a number of his Liverpool teammates.
Wooooooow really ?
— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) April 11, 2018
— Simon Mignolet (@SMignolet) April 11, 2018
— Trent Arnold (@trentaa98) April 11, 2018
— Georginio Wijnaldum (@GWijnaldum) April 11, 2018
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.
Mandzukic goal now being given to Harry Kane.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) April 11, 2018
— Gateshead FC (@GatesheadFC) April 11, 2018
BREAKING: Spurs appeal to UEFA for Ronaldo's penalty kick goal v Juventus to be awarded to Harry Kane. pic.twitter.com/BLzk79kWxw
— FootballJOE (@FootballJOE) April 11, 2018
A quick look at tonight's fixtures as we pass the hour mark?
Real Madrid 0-3 Juventus
Wolves 2-0 Derby County
Also, in Norway
Sandefjord 1-2 Ranheim
— Ladbrokes (@Ladbrokes) April 11, 2018
BREAKING: Spurs appeal to Premier League for Rooney's 2011 goal v City to be awarded to Harry Kane. pic.twitter.com/6yRN6bGDs2
— Kristian (@vonstrenginho) April 9, 2018
The Spurs striker even began to claim awards from completely different sports.
BREAKING: Spurs have appealed to WWE for Carmella's title win to be awarded to Harry Kane. pic.twitter.com/s9TlAzREZo
— Wrestling Memes (@Wrestling_Memes) April 11, 2018
Just found out, my only wicket last year has been awarded to Harry Kane
— Village Cricketer (@VillageCricket_) April 11, 2018
Yet more than a few fans were fed up with the banter, fearing the joke had been overplayed.
"Harry Kane has just claimed ________'s goal" is already a dead joke format. Stop it, please.
— Elliot Hackney (@ElliotHackney) April 11, 2018
Someone should tweet some jokes about Harry Kane claiming a goal. That’d be well funny…
— Jay (@RFFH) April 11, 2018
But it seems one camera angle has settled the debate once and for all: it was clearly Eriksen’s goal.
Ever never a goal from Harry Kane, this one! pic.twitter.com/n7OEQOConU
— Martin Busk (@MartinBusk) April 11, 2018
All that fuss to still be four goals behind Mo Salah.