Tottenham thought they had grabbed an immediate equaliser to Sander Berge’s opening strike, only to see the goal ruled out VAR in the 3-1 defeat at Sheffield United.
Blades boss Chris Wilder said the technology was a total farce after Harry Kane’s effort was disallowed because Lucas Moura’s arm appeared to touch the ball in the build-up.
Paul Robinson has raged at VAR official Michael Oliver for the “ridiculous” decision to rule out Kane’s goal as Spurs slumped to a disappointing defeat to Sheffield United.
Robinson told football writer Dylan Childs “I think it is absolutely ridiculous. It’s the most absurd decision from VAR. I have seen some crazy decision from VAR, and we did not think it could get any stranger, but that is the most absurd decision I have ever seen.
“Referees have a hard job but they are not helping themselves with decisions like that. It is a terrible decision. It was not even handball. The most absurd decision of the season.
“When a ball is flying at you from that kind of range, how can that be given? It beggars belief.”
It is hard to argue with Robinson here, as the Brazilian appeared to be fouled before the incident occurred. Moreover, Moura was trying to stop his fall, and couldn’t have put his arms anywhere else.
However, under IFAB regulations, a goal cannot be awarded if the ball touches an arm that leads to a goal or a clear goalscoring opportunity.
Nevertheless, some still will question whether or not the result would have stayed the same even if Kane’s strike stood.
Spurs struggled to break down the Blades defence and Jose Mourinho has bigger issues he urgently needs to solve if the Lilywhites are going to close the gap on Premier League champions Liverpool next season.
VAR has fuelled plenty of debate ever since its introduction at the start of the season, as Sheffield United were on the receiving end of a dubious decision themselves after Son Heung-min scored the opener at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
While this latest incident happened last week, fans and pundits still haven’t forgiven the officials for their obvious mistake. Thankfully for Spurs, they managed to bounce back with a 1-0 victory against Everton on Monday to get themselves back on track.
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