Conte fuming over VAR controversy

Tottenham Hotspur v Sporting Clube de Portugal – UEFA Champions League Group D – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Reaction

Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Sporting Clube de Portugal

Ecstacy turned to agony within a matter of seconds in N17.

Tottenham’s Rodrigo Bentancur had cancelled out Marcus Edwards’ first-half opener for Sporting Clube de Portugal and the home side was throwing the proverbial kitchen sink in a bid to book their UEFA Champions League Group D.

In the last knockings of what had already been an energy-sapping evening, Emerson Royal headed down to Harry Kane, who fired, what we all believed to be, the winning goal.

Enter, VAR. A lengthy look, a controversial call, mayhem on the touchline, including a red card for Antonio Conte. Spurs were forced to settle for a share of the spoils.

Understandably, Tottenham’s Italian boss wasn’t happy: “At the end, because all the people come into the pitch and then the referee decided to send me off,” he bemoaned.

“Only for this. I think there are moments that maybe you can be a bit intelligent to understand you have just disallowed a regular goal because the goal was regular. The ball is in front of Kane. And then the VAR.

“I repeat you know I don’t comment on referee decisions but the VAR, this season, I don’t know why between Premier League and Champions League, we are not so lucky.

“I don’t know why until now we are also the only team who repeated the penalty, and every penalty I go to see, if the keeper move on-line, I see it a lot of the time.

“I want to see repetition of a penalty in the Premier League. I think we are not so lucky with VAR but I think they create big damage.”

Conte continued: “I would like to see if this type of decision you can take with a top team, in an important game, yeah I would like to see if VAR is so brave to take this decision. I repeat this unfair decision because the ball is in front of Kane.

“Sorry, but I am really upset because sometimes you can accept this situation and sometimes I think it is not good because I don’t see honesty in this type of situation and when I see this I become really upset.

“For the game, we played the first half with low intensity and Sporting deserve to stay 1-0 up, and at the end of the game after our second half, I think we deserved to get three points.”

“Now for this decision, we have to wait to the last game against Marseille and I repeat this decision, creates big damage.”

Brian Jeeves