Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte’s VAR rant continued into his pre-match press conference on Friday, even joking he could make better decisions from his own home.
Spurs were left furious during Wednesday’s Champions League fixture with Sporting Lisbon when Harry Kane was denied a stoppage-time winner after he was adjudged to be marginally ahead of the ball and therefore offside.
Conte lambasted the technology and accused it of being dishonest against his team following the draw with Sporting, which means Tottenham still need a point in Marseille on Tuesday to qualify for the Champions League last 16.
He remained unhappy when he spoke at a press conference ahead of Saturday’s trip to Bournemouth and said: “What happened in the last game was incredible, incredible.
“You score, you are already qualified for the next round, you are celebrating and then you have to stay for five minutes to look at the situation with VAR and you take the decision and you don’t know if its right or wrong.
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“This is not football in this way also because you cut the emotion, the emotion of everybody and especially the players because you don’t know.
“You score a goal and you don’t know what happens later. Did someone commit a foul one minute before? Or discover a foul one minute before and then they go to disallow this? It happened this. It happened but it only happened when they want (it) to happen. This is the difference.
“But when I stay at home and I see the image, I am watching another game and I see the image, the VAR, then for me it is easy to take the best decision.
“Instead then you see for example they take the opposite decision. Oh, I don’t know football or maybe who stays in the VAR, they are seeing another image.”
The Italian reiterated in his mind it was “impossible” for VAR to make mistakes given the time and extra images the official gets to view.
To rub salt in the wounds, Spurs have been fined £20,000 by the Football Association after admitting they failed to ensure their players conducted in an orderly fashion during last weekend’s match with Newcastle.
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