Tottenham star ‘lucky’ to not have been punished – Clattenburg

Spurs’ talisman Harry Kane could have been handed a red card on Wednesday after appearing to headbutt Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta in Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge, according to Mark Clattenburg.

Kane got into an altercation in the first half of the game with the Chelsea skipper and might still be under scrutiny by the FA’s disciplinary committee.

If found guilty, the England captain would receive a three-match ban which would mean that Spurs would go into the derby without their star striker.

Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg wrote for the Daily Mail, calling Kane ‘lucky’ to have not been punished by Andre Marriner.

“Harry Kane can count himself lucky not to have been sent off on Wednesday.” Clattenburg wrote

“I have experienced just how competitive matches between Chelsea and Tottenham can be and Kane lost his cool with Cesar Azpilicueta in the first half.”

Despite the minimal contact, the gesture of a headbutt is a red card offence and retrospective action by the FA remains a possibility.

If given a three-game ban, Kane will miss crucial away trips to Southampton and Liverpool along with the weekend’s derby against Arsenal. Son Hueng-min will be the obvious replacement but Spurs fans would be hoping for the FA to let this slide.