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Harry Kane escapes ban and CAN play against Arsenal in north London derby

Written by Nelson Enan

The Football Association will take no further action against Harry Kane following the flash point which involved the Tottenham captain during last night’s defeat against Chelsea. Kane appeared to headbutt Cesar Azpilicueta during the first half of a typically fraught London derby but referee Andre Marriner took no action at the time. The match official, however, made reference to the incident in his post match report, submitted to the FA, rendering the governing body powerless to intervene and hand Kane a potential ban for violent conduct.

Kane’s escape means he will be free to participate in Saturday’s pivotal match against Arsenal as Spurs look to avoid a third successive league defeat which would throw the race for Champions League qualification wide open.

Arsenal could reduce the gap to their great rivals to just a solitary point with a win at Wembley, while Chelsea and Manchester United have moved to within striking distance following their midweek wins. ‘Everyone from the beginning of the season should be satisfied with that position before playing on Saturday,’ said Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino after Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge. ‘With the possibility of playing against Arsenal at Wembley with the gap at four points, the pressure is on them, not only us.

‘Today Chelsea and Arsenal are the same level in terms of rivalry. We are playing Fulham, Watford, West Ham, Arsenal, Chelsea… They’re all London derbies. ‘We are going to try and win the game because they’re so important for the fans. But Burnley was important for the fans, too.

The rivalry is so important because of the history, but every game, for us, is so important.

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