Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has criticized the use of Video Assistant Referees, insisting the system to be postponed for another year.
Spurs conclude their Carabao Cup semi-final against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night after the first leg ended in controversial circumstances with Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri criticizing the match officials over Harry Kane’s winning goal.
That penalty gives the North London club a 1-0 advantage going into Thursday’s decider, but the Chelsea players and manager, who later reviewed the incident from a different camera angle were adamant Kane was offside.
Pochettino has now joined Sarri’s campaign, agreeing that the use of VAR should be postponed in the Premier League to give officials time to adapt.
He said, according to Mirror Football:
“If we don’t have all the information and don’t know how it will work or how we can better develop the system, it is better to stop for one year, or more. Watching every single game in Europe now, nobody is happy. I promise you — nobody.”
Pochettino said: “What worries me a bit is that there is going to be a situation where football starts to annoy fans.”
“This business is so important and our fans – football fans – must be happy. If you stop for five minutes for a decision, I don’t know how they are going to behave.”
“I remember the experience of playing at Wembley in the snow against Rochdale in the FA Cup. There was an incident in the first half that took forever to decide. We are not ready to accept this type of situation.”
“Football is about mistakes — players, then managers, but also the referees.”