Ange Postecoglou admitted he does not like VAR as the Tottenham boss blasted the replay system’s influence on his side’s “out of control” 4-1 defeat against Chelsea on Monday.
Tottenham had Cristian Romero and Destiny Udogie sent off and were denied two goals by VAR in a remarkable Premier League clash. The dismissals of Romero, for a studs-up foul on Enzo Fernandez, and Udogie, who earned a second booking for chopping down Raheem Sterling, appeared correct on further review, as did Son Heung-min and Eric Dier’s disallowed goals.
Nicolas Jackson scored three times in the closing stages to win the London derby for Chelsea after Cole Palmer’s penalty cancelled out Dejan Kulusevski’s early opener for Tottenham. But with Chelsea also having three goals chalked off by VAR, Postecoglou was left infuriated by the amount of time spent waiting for decisions to be made.
“I felt like I was standing around waiting for things to happen with VAR intervention,” he said, adding: “There will be a forensic study of every decision out there. That is the way the game is going and I don’t like it.
“Decisions are decisions; you either accept it or you don’t. If you look at all that standing around we did today, maybe people enjoy that sort of thing. I’d rather see us playing football but I could be a lone voice.”