VAR 'embarrassed the referee' says Antonio Conte as Tottenham are held by West Ham

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Spurs were awarded a spot-kick after 11 minutes when Harry Kane's header hit the outstretched arm of West Ham defender Aaron Cresswell.

But after a four-and-a-half-minute review at Stockley Park, referee Peter Bankes eventually went to the monitor which showed the ball had hit Cresswell's face before his arm, and overturned his own decision. Spurs boss Conte said: "It's difficult to explain. I don't like to comment on referees' decisions but today I'd like to comment on a referee's decision, because the referee's decision was right! "I said to him at the end of the first half 'you have taken the right decision' and VAR for sure embarrassed the referee. To make him change a right decision was really strange. "In England they have to learn much more to use the VAR in the right way. You have to study very well and be more accurate." Tottenham did take the lead with a classic counter-attack after Eric Dier intercepted a one-two between Declan Rice and Said Benrahma on the edge of the Spurs area.

However, the hosts secured a first home point of the campaign when Tomas Soucek collected a clever flick from Michail Antonio and rifled the ball home. "In the end I think we had the opportunity to get three points," added Conte. "We have to be a bit disappointed with the result on one hand, but on the other it's not easy to play against West Ham in this stadium. We conceded a goal we could avoid. But in the end one point is good."

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