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Tottenham Manager Jose Mourinho Claims VAR Is ‘Bad For The Game’ After Sheffield United Defeat

Jose Mourinho criticised VAR after his side’s defeat to Sheffield United
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Jose Mourinho has criticised VAR after Tottenham had a goal disallowed during a disappointing 3-1 defeat against Sheffield United.

The Blades took the lead on the half hour mark through Sander Berge, though Harry Kane thought he had hit back seconds later. However, the Spurs striker’s goal was controversially chalked off for a soft handball following a VAR check.

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Lucas Moura’s unintentional handball led to VAR chalking off Harry Kane’s equaliser
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The Blades soon raced into a three goal lead in the second half before Kane grabbed a last minute consolation.
After the game, Mourinho criticised his players for not responding stronger after the disallowed goal.

“We have to do better, we have to be mentally stronger to cope with what happened within the game. We cannot mentally die after Michael Oliver’s decision. I know it is very difficult to take,” he said in his post-match press conference (via Jonathan Veal).

He added: “Now I know more about the profile of my players. I felt it and I feared in the second half that we wouldn’t be able to recreate.”

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Jose Mourinho remonstrated with the fourth official after Harry Kane’s goal was disallowed
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Mourinho went on to criticise VAR, claiming that the technology was bad for the game.

He added: “I never complain at the man with the whistle. He is not the referee. He is now the assistant referee. The linesmen are the assistants of the assistant referee. The referee is in an office.

“We are going into a direction that is really bad for the game, that is a beautiful game. It was the game that everybody fell in love with.”

The former Chelsea boss also aimed some pointed criticism at video referee Michael Oliver, whose decision it was to rule out Kane’s equaliser.

“The referee who is not very good on the pitch, we cannot expect that he’s good in the office.”

The result leaves Spurs in mid table, seven points adrift of fifth placed Manchester United and Champions League qualification.


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