The unseen moment which casts doubt on Kane’s penalty claim vs Tunisia

It ended up being England’s night in Volgograd.

Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions looked as though they were only going to manage a 1-1 draw with Tunisia in their opening World Cup match, only for Kane to pop up and score a late winner, his second of the game .

Kane opened the scoring from close range after John Stones’ header had been saved, before Kyle Walker’s foul on Fakhreddine Ben Youssef ensured Tunisia were awarded a spot kick, from which Ferjani Sassi equalised.

But the forward then popped up for the winner late on, a huge relief for England after they were denied two penalties for what looked to be fouls on Kane.

The forward was wrestled to the ground on two occasions either side of half-time, and both looked to be nailed on penalties.

Fans were left wondering why referee Wilmar Roldan didn’t consult – or wasn’t consulted by – VAR for the decisions, especially the first one as it looked so convincing.

But replays showed that prior to Kane being brought down, Stones clearly shoved his marker to the floor.

Fans suggested that perhaps the VAR officials decided that that was a foul too, and so didn’t tell the referee to award a penalty, despite the fact that VAR isn’t supposed to be used to free-kick decisions.

That doesn’t explain the second non-penalty decision of course (nothing will explain that!), but it’s certainly a theory that was popular on Twitter.

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