Tottenham Hotspur manager – Jose Mourinho says the VAR system is “really bad for the beautiful game” after Spurs suffered a controversial handball decision in their defeat at Sheffield United.
Sander Berge gave the Blades the opener, only for Harry Kane equalise just two minutes later, but VAR referee Michael Oliver spotted a handball by Lucas Moura in the build-up to the goal.
The Blades scored two additional goals in the second stanza through Lys Mousset and Oli McBurnie as Harry Kane pulled one back for Tottenham in time added on.
With Tottenham’s Champions League hopes now in tatters, Jose Mourinho who was obviously not happy with the decision expressed his opinion, saying that the VAR and the people using it are ruining football.
“I cannot say anything because I’d be in trouble with the institutions and I want to protect myself and my club so I can’t be open as I’d like to be,” he said.
“Now, I can only say that normally I’m a professional guy on the bench in these moments, I never complain at the guy with the whistle because it’s not the referee any more.
“I used to go the fourth official but the man on the pitch is the assistant referee. Today the man and the lady with the flags are the assistant of the assistant referee. This is the start of everything.
“I think the referee should always be the man on the pitch and the people in the office should just support and assist.
“That’s not the way it is. The referee who is not very good on the pitch, we cannot expect that he’s good in the office. We’re going in a direction that’s really bad for the beautiful game, the game that everybody fell in love with.”
Mourinho feels that the decision might have affected his side who were the better team until that moment.
“We have to do better, we have to be mentally stronger to cope with what happened during the game. We cannot mentally die after Michael Oliver’s decision.
“I know that it’s very difficult to take, the players around the situation know what happened and what didn’t, you celebrate and feel the goal.
“I know that kick it our teeth but with 50 minutes to go we have to be stronger. That’s my criticism to my team in the second half, in spite of trying.
“Now I know more the profile of my players. I felt it. I feared that in the second half we wouldn’t be strong enough to cope with a team that when they’re winning just defends and counter-attacks.”