Thursday, 1 March 2018

The VAR situation is embarrassing - Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham manager ​​​​​​​Mauricio Pochettino has said that the VAR confusion in the first half of his team's 6-1 FA Cup win over Rochdale was embarrassing and fears it could kill emotion in the game.
Spurs had a goal disallowed, a penalty awarded, and a penalty controversially disallowed through the use of VAR, with five additional minutes in stoppage time, and Pochettino is concerned the bizarre circumstances and confusion could kill the spontaneity and emotion in the game.

He said "The first half was a little bit embarrassing for everyone. Difficult to keep focus and play football. I am not sure that the system is going to help. Football is about emotion, it's a context of emotion if we are going to kill emotion in football. I think the fans of people who love football are not so happy about what they see today. I think in my opinion we have the best referees in Europe, in the world, and I think we don't need too much. Football is about mistakes, like us, the players can make mistakes, the refs can make mistakes. And it was always like this, and we understood football in this way. I think, if I can help, if my opinion is important, I think it is a lot of work to do, because we need to talk, to explain, because I saw today every one of us confused. I think if we try in this direction we are going to change the game we love, that is why I am happy to help, to analyse and to make it better."

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