Tottenham: Ange Postecoglou says VAR should be scrapped after Liverpool controversy | Football


Spurs boss Ange Postecoglou isn’t a fan of VAR (Photo: Getty)

Ange Postecoglou admits he’d be happy to get rid of VAR in its current guise, following the controversy from Tottenham’s win over Liverpool.

Luis Diaz had a legitimate goal wrongly ruled out for offside last weekend, after the Video Assistant Referee failed to overturn the on-pitch linesman’s decision, with Liverpool going on to lose 2-1.

The Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) admitted that a ‘significant human error’ had taken place and later released the audio from the VAR room that confirmed that a communication error was to blame.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp was left outraged with the incident, saying that he wanted the match to be replayed, before backtracking on those remarks.

The PGMOL have now introduced new VAR guidelines ahead of this weekend’s Premier League fixtures.

But Postecoglou believes that VAR is just making football worse and would be in favour of axing it until the technology is at the required standard.

‘I would [scrap VAR] in its current form. I don’t think technology is ready for our game,’ the Spurs boss said in his pre-match press conference on Friday ahead of the clash at Luton Town.

Luis Diaz was denied a goal after being incorrectly ruled offside (Picture: Premier League)” />

Luis Diaz was denied a goal after being incorrectly ruled offside (Picture: Premier League)

‘I’ve got absolutely zero against goal-line technology, that’s a no-brainer. With VAR, we think it’s going to eliminate errors and the more we use it, the worse it’s going to get.

‘What I always loved about England was the frenetic pace of football. Why are we trying to take that out?

‘None of us like it when they are taking so long to make a decision and it sounded like last week they were rushing it. I don’t think the technology is suitable.’

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Some had wondered that had Tottenham been aware of the error at the time, they could have let Liverpool score a goal to resolve the matter, but the Australian manager shut that idea down.

‘We’ve got pretty hefty responsibilities at our football clubs, but we’re not the custodians – I wouldn’t make a decision that could potentially send your club down on the back of what my beliefs are,’ he said.

‘In that moment if someone could tell me everything that had gone on within the prism of 30 seconds that I have to make it decision – it wasn’t going to happen. It’s different if it’s something clear.

‘It’s quite obvious it was a bad error through a lack of communication, but it wasn’t something that was easily explainable. If it was, I assume there would’ve been more uproar in the game than there was.’

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