Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino pulls no punches on 'nightmare' VAR system

There was yet another prolonged delay during Saturday's win over Swansea to adjudge whether Son Heung-Min had scored from an offside position

Jonathan Liew
Liberty Stadium
Saturday 17 March 2018 16:55
Comments
VAR was once again in the firing line at the Liberty Stadium
VAR was once again in the firing line at the Liberty Stadium

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino again lamented the failings of the Video Assistant Referee system after his side’s 3-0 FA Cup quarter-final win over Swansea.

Pochettino has made his distaste for video technology very clear in the past, and after another prolonged delay during the first half of this game to adjudge whether Son Heung-Min had scored from an offside position, he again vented his feelings.

“It’s a nightmare,” he said. “I am so sorry for the people that try to sell that system. Today, Sonny wasn’t offside. I prefer that the referee makes the mistake, because I accept the mistake of the referee. But I cannot accept the mistake of the technology, and how it complicates life for everyone.”

Eriksen scored the first early on and Spurs never looked back

The VAR system has been shrouded in controversy ever since its introduction earlier this season. Tottenham’s previous game in this competition, the fifth-round replay against Rochdale at Wembley, was marred by a series of confusing VAR stoppages, with fans in the stadium none the wiser as to what was happening.

Despite its teething problems in England, however, the technology has been a qualified success in Serie A and Major League Soccer, and will be used in this summer’s World Cup.

“We will see what happens at the World Cup,” Pochettino said. “It is so complex, but the worst thing for me is that it is going to affect the fans. We are going to have a massive problem for the future of the sport.”

However, Swansea manager Carlos Carvalhal had a different response when invited to comment on the VAR fiasco. “When you lose 3-0, it’s better to just shut up and go home,” he quipped.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in