Spurs boss rips into VAR ruling, Football News & Top Stories

Tanya Simon
July 4, 2020

Sheffield United's Oliver McBurnie celebrates scoring their third goal against Tottenham Hotspur at Bramall Lane, Sheffield July 3, 2020.

Lucas Moura's arm appeared to brush the ball as he fell under a challenge.

In a Premier League season marred by VAR making debatable calls too often, Mourinho said he fears for the future of football if the system is not addressed.

"Today the man and the lady with the flags are the assistant of the assistant referee".

"That's not the way it is".

"I used to go the fourth official but the man on the pitch is the assistant referee".

"We tried but we didn't try with real conviction, with that desire, with that belief that we would change the game".

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has been a critic of VAR and felt wronged when his side had a goal ruled out in their 1-1 draw at Tottenham in November.

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"I know it is hard to take and my players know what did and did not happen but with 50 minutes to go, we have to be stronger".

I can understand their manager's frustrations I would be super frustrated.

'It was certainly one where common sense could have been involved but if the rule book states something then the handball is given. Tottenham slipped to ninth, seven points behind fifth-place Manchester United. "We can not mentally die after the decision".

"We have to do better, we have to be mentally stronger to cope with what happened during the game. That's my criticism to my team in the second half".

Mourinho's headache started when Berge put United in front in the 31st minute.

Spurs have a chance to resurrect their Europa League hopes against Everton on Monday, though Dele Alli is a doubt after picking up a hamstring injury on Saturday.

Under the current handball rules, a goal can not be given if the ball touches an attacker's hand or arm in the build-up - a rule which is being forensically applied with the close-ups and slow-motion replays afforded by VAR. The Portuguese manager's mood further worsened when already-booked Sheffield midfielder Oli Norwood escaped a red card for elbowing Son Heung-Min.

United had struggled after the Premier League restart but agaisnt Tottenham they produced the kind of performance more in keeping with an impressive first season back in the top flight.

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