The Spaniard stated Kane's scything first-half tackle on debutant Lejeune, which forced the Frenchman off with an injury and only received a yellow card, was the worst action of the match.
While Benitez offered no excuses for Shelvey's moment of madness, he felt Kane's challenge deserved similar punishment. "It happens sometimes", Alli said of his clash with Shelvey. "It was more unsafe".
"He knows he has made a mistake and he apologised in the dressing room".
"It was a game where we had to keep our cool, we didn't want to get too heated up and get brought into what they wanted us to do, which was make it more of a physical game and a battle than a game of football".
"All I'll say is the rules are the rules and we made a mistake".
"To go to the point that it was 0-0 and the chances we had on the counter-attack against a good team, it's a pity that everything changed". Now we have to move forward and think about solutions.
Western Force threaten legal action after Super Rugby axing
At a press conference in Sydney tonight, Pulver confirmed he will leave his role as soon as a replacement can be found. Rugby Western Australia plans to pursue "every possible means" to ensure the Force stay in the competition.
"Will he be captain?"
Benitez brushed aside questions whether he planned to talk to owner Mike Ashley last night following the owner's latest interview with Sky Sports. But we will have to see, analyse everything.
The midfielder trod on Alli's foot right in front of referee Andre Marriner, a decision that ultimately cost his side the game as Spurs then took complete charge and ran out easy winners.
"Yes, of course", he said. He's a great player and I'm sure he's going to be disappointed.
He also confirmed he plans to strengthen his squad this month. "We kept the ball moving, which was hard at times, but I don't want to talk about it too much".