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PFA insists Harry Kane ‘appreciated’ union chairman’s goal joke

Reports had suggested the England striker was unimpressed by the quip from Ben Purkiss.

The Professional Footballers’ Association says no complaint was made by Harry Kane or his family about a joke told by its chairman Ben Purkiss at the union’s awards ceremony last Sunday.

It was reported that Kane and his camp were unhappy with Purkiss’ remark that the England striker was “so prolific that he is able to score without touching the ball”.

This was a reference to the goal he claimed against Stoke earlier this month, with Tottenham launching a successful appeal to have the goal credited to him after Kane claimed to have got the slightest touch to a Christian Eriksen effort.

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Harry Kane

It was also reported that Swindon defender Purkiss’ position at the PFA was under threat, but a statement from the union released on Thursday read: “In response to recent media coverage we can confirm that no complaints have been received by the PFA from Harry Kane, Harry’s representatives or Harry’s family. At no point has any party demanded an apology.

“Out of courtesy our chairman Ben Purkiss contacted Harry personally to explain that the comment had been taken out of context.

“Harry has not expressed any concern at all about any comments and appreciated the joke. Furthermore Harry was categorically not at the event.

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PFA Awards 2018 – Grosvenor House Hotel

“We hope this brings an end to all the widespread inaccuracies. All concerned would now like to draw a line under this matter and move on.”

Earlier this week the Football Association apologised to Tottenham and Manchester United for a tweet it sent about Kane on the official FA Cup account following the club’s semi-final clash at Wembley on Saturday.

United won the game 2-1 and shortly after full-time, a tweet was posted which appeared to poke fun at Kane’s performance.

In a mock-interview style, the tweet read, “Me: What’s that in your pocket, Chris?”, before posting a video of United defender Chris Smalling saying, “Harry Kane”.

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