(Tottenham – Newcastle 1-1) VAR came into focus once again when Tottenham lost two points long in overtime. José Mourinho was silent about the situation that cost his team the victory.
Seven minutes into overtime, Callum Wilson secured points for the away team from the penalty spot.
VAR first checked if Andy Carroll was offside on the free kick in advance, but the photos concluded that the striker was on the right side.
The video judges then checked a hands in the field. After a short tussle with the defender, Carroll finally tucked the ball home.
– I am sincerely concerned about the game we all love. It’s all about whether it’s hands or not, said a resigned Brede Hangeland in TV 2’s studio shortly afterwards.
– Ridiculous, is the verdict from Tottenham legend Gary Lineker, who along with a number of others expressed frustration at the controversial hand rule.
José Mourinho went into the locker room before the match was over – clearly cursed at the situation that plagued his team for the victory. His assistant, João Sacramento, was shown a red card for standing over the ball and blocking an opponent’s quick free kick after 80 minutes.
– I have more experience than them and went out before the match was over, Mourinho said when asked about the situation.
The Portuguese would not say anything about the criminal situation.
– I prefer to give my money to charities, and not to the association by getting a fine. I prefer not to comment, Mourinho replied.
The home team was totally dominant throughout the match, and the penalty was Newcastle’s only shot on goal.
– My team played very, very well. Our best match this season, the Tottenham manager believes.