Fans all say same thing as Steve Cook incredibly escapes red card for handball

NOTTINGHAM FOREST defender Steve Cook somehow avoided a red card for a blatant handball to deny Tottenham’s Harry Kane from scoring.

The ex-Bournemouth centre-back rose highest in the six-yard box to stop Kane from scoring his second of the match as he parried the ball away.


Steve Cook avoided being sent off for handling the ball to deny Harry Kane of a goalCredit: Reuters
Nottingham Forest defender Cook gave away a penalty, which Kane subsequently missed


Nottingham Forest defender Cook gave away a penalty, which Kane subsequently missedCredit: PA

And after VAR intervention, he was still only awarded a yellow card despite denying what would have been a certain goal in the 53rd minute.

To make matters worse for Spurs, Kane ended up missing his penalty after his spot-kick was brilliantly saved by Dean Henderson.

Cook is no stranger in auditioning to become a goalkeeper having remarkably kept out a Teemu Pukki effort during Norwich’s 1-0 win against Bournemouth in January 2020.

Though the 31-year-old was sent off for that incident at Carrow Road.

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But fans were left shocked Cook didn’t see red this time, as one Twitter user said: “That is the most blatant red card ever. How is Steve Cook still on the pitch?”

Another remarked: “Some save, that. And a hilariously bad VAR call not to make it a red card.”

A third added: “Can someone explain why Cook wasn’t awarded a red card for the Kane pen?”

And ex-Chelsea striker Chris Sutton stated: “That’s a red card… why is Cook still on?”


This fan quipped: “Steve Cook deserves a red card for how stupid he is.”

Another messaged: “I’ll like to know why it’s not a red card for Steve Cook.”

Meanwhile this supporter commented: “Not being funny but that’s a stone wall red card for Cook.”

One then simply stated: “Most blatant red card ever.”

Kane wasn’t to be denied for long as he doubled his tally for the match in the 81st minute after heading home a delicious Richarlison cross.