Danny Rose hits out at VAR as 'confusing and ridiculous' after it overshadows FA Cup clash at Wembley

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Tottenham full-back Danny Rose has criticised the "confusing" use of VAR during his side's 6-1 FA Cup fifth-round replay victory over Rochdale at Wembley.

The Video Assistant Referee was once again the centre of attention. Spurs had two goals disallowed, were denied one penalty and awarded another during a chaotic first half which Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino described as "a bit embarrassing for everyone".

Erik Lamela's goal was ruled out, after a delay of about two minutes, for a minor infringement by Fernando Llorente to the astonishment of the crowd, and Lucas Moura's penalty appeal was turned down following another consultation.

Then, with the hosts leading through Heung-min Son's goal, Spurs were awarded a free-kick when Kieran Tripper was fouled, only for referee Paul Tierney to eventually point to the penalty spot after another VAR ruling.

Son, having paused during his run-up, had his successful penalty disallowed and was booked, again after Tierney double-checked with VAR.

<span>Danny Rose and&nbsp;Heung-min Son complain to the referee</span> <span>Credit: AP </span>
Danny Rose and Heung-min Son complain to the referee Credit: AP

Rose said: "It was very frustrating and just confusing more than anything. That's just overshadowed a good performance by us and a good performance by Rochdale. There's no word to describe it except frustrating, even though we won 6-1.

"It's just complete nonsense if you ask me, waiting around not know what's going on. It's ridiculous. Ridiculous.

"I feel for Rochdale - some of their players said it was their first time at Wembley and it's completely overshadowed. It could have been a nice occasion for them."

When asked if anything could be done to improve the system, Rose added: "I honestly have no idea but what I experienced tonight (Wednesday) was not good at all.

<span>Paul Tierney reverses his decision after VAR</span> <span>Credit: AFP </span>
Paul Tierney reverses his decision after VAR Credit: AFP

"I've had a few messages (from friends) saying it's a shambles, the VAR. It's been the same in every round it's been used. How can you go from a free-flowing football game for 90 minutes to stopping for one or two minutes for a decision?"

Rose stopped short of blaming the referee, insisting Tierney was open to the players approachig him to ask what was happening.

"After an incident happened, he was fully open to us asking why he stopped, he explained his decisions - some we just don't agree with," he said. "For instance, the penalty. He said Sonny had stopped just before he kicked the ball but to me it didn't look like it. He stopped a few yards before. It didn't make sense. But we managed to score six goals and luckily we're not on the losing side complaining about VAR."

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