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Five controversies from the weekend's Premier League football

Monday 6th March 2017
Football is rarely dull. It's why millions around the globe follow it. Once again, the Premier League did not go wanting for talking points; here are the five biggest points from the weekend's football.

Leicester's Premier League resurgence leaves sour taste 

You have to credit Craig Shakespeare for revitalising his Leicester side, but the 3-1 defeat of Hull City on the weekend once again confirmed suspicions that the players simply weren't putting in the effort under former boss Claudio Ranieri.

Jamie Vardy and co. led the press, led the commitment and led the desire on Saturday, but where was this under Ranieri - the boss who made the impossible an actual reality?
It is a sad state of affairs and is another blemish on the image of football.

Storming Sanchez

Reports broke late on Sunday that Alexis Sanchez was dropped for the Liverpool clash because of reckless and selfish behaviour during training. The Mirror purported that Sanchez had lashed out at several team-mates, and a furious Arsene Wenger reprimanded his star Chilean.

Is this a case of stardom gone mad and an example of how he believes he is bigger than the club? OR is this the fight and nastiness that Arsenal so desperately need?

Minging scenes at Old Trafford

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's arrival to the Premier League was met with expectations of furious bust-ups, on and off the pitch, but that hasn't been the case - well, at least until Saturday lunchtime.

Tyrone Mings initiated the ugly scenes at Old Trafford when a deliberate - there is no questioning he meant it - stamp on Ibrahimovic's head went unnoticed. Clearly out for revenge, Ibrahimovic elbowed Ming's square in the face at the next opportunity. Both incidents went unnoticed, despite several minutes of general medley following Zlatan's elbow: both are likely to face retrospective action.

However, this all would have been cleared up if there was video technology. Had the referee been able to call on an eye in the sky, as it were, then both incidents would have been spotted and both players would have been sent off within a minute. But that's a discussion for another day.

The goal that should not have stood

Sean Dyche was right to feel hard-done-by in the wake of their 3-2 loss at Swansea. A last minute winner from Swansea's Fernando Llorente sent Paul Clement, Swans boss, sprinting down the touchline in celebration. But, it should not have stood.

Llorente was only able to rise to high in the air to meet Tom Caroll's cross by gaining purchase on the Burnley defender, and in the process, clearly pushing him. It was an obvious foul and would have normally been picked up.

Harry Kane debate continue s

Harry Kane netted a brace in Spurs' 3-2 win over Everton on the weekend, but the debate surrounding his quality persists. Kane is  a proven goal-scorer at Premier League level and has outscored the likes of Sergio Aguero, Diego Costa and Sadio Mane since his introduction to the top flight of English football in the 2014/15 season.

In one-on-one situations, Kane has an eye for the sublime. But, still, people refuse to lump him in the bracket of world-class; he is certainly world-class at what he does, goalscoring.

Perhaps it is because Kane's other attributes let him down, such as his touch, passing and dribbling abilities. However, Kane should now be considered one of the best strikers in the world.

In risk of sounding slightly facetious, if Kane was Brazilian, or Spanish, there would be incredible hype around him.
Michael Jones

Football & political writer with a predictable love of everything retro. English Literature undergraduate at the University of Exeter, looking to pursue a career in sports journalism. For a collection of my work, visit. http://mikejonesmedia.wordpress.com

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