West Ham co-owner confirms club can’t appeal late Tottenham goal

Co-owner David Gold says the club can't appeal the late Harry Kane goal, despite it breaching FIFA rules.

West Ham United co-owner David Gold has confirmed that the club cannot appeal Harry Kane’s late goal from Sunday’s game.

The Hammers had been leading the Premier League fixture 2-0, but a goal from Danny Rose gave Tottenham Hotspur hope of an equaliser.

The leveller eventually came as well, with Harry Kane winning a penalty in the 96th minute. Keeper Adrian saved the spot kick, but Kane managed to convert the rebound to earn his side a point.

However, it has now transpired that FIFA rules dictate the goal should not have stood, although West Ham’s owner has confirmed the club can’t appeal the decision regardless of the decision going against his side.

“There is [no] provision in the rules for an appeal,” Gold responded to a question on Twitter.

According to FIFA rules, when a match is extended to allow for a penalty, the extension only lasts until the penalty has been taken. Under those rules, if the penalty rebounds from the goalkeeper, the crossbar or the post, then the game ends immediately.

That means that Kane’s goal should not have stood and West Ham would have eventually won the game, with former Premier League referee Mark Halsey confirming that that interpretation of the rules is correct, suggesting it was a mistake from the referee to allow the goal to stand. 

“If time is up when a penalty is conceded you allow the penalty to be taken,” the retired ref posted, in response to a question from another user.

“If scored or missed you blow for full time.”

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