VAR from happy… Danny Rose blasts ‘ridiculous’ decisions after chaos overshadows Tottenham’s FA Cup win

tom collomosse
Evening Standard
'Nonsense' | Tottenham full-back is far from impressed with VAR: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
'Nonsense' | Tottenham full-back is far from impressed with VAR: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Danny Rose has launched a scathing attack on video technology in football after confusion over the VAR system overshadowed Tottenham’s FA Cup win over Rochdale at Wembley.

VAR left players, coaches and ­spectators angry and perplexed throughout the first half, with nobody understanding at first why Erik Lamela’s early goal was chalked off or why a foul by Matt Done on Kieran Trippier was deemed a ­penalty after it was initially ruled a free-kick.

Fernando Llorente scored a 12-minute hat-trick as Spurs won this fifth-round replay 6-1 to set up a quarter-final tie at Swansea on March 17.

But the overriding memory of this tie will be of referee Paul Tierney reaching for his earpiece to discuss incidents with video assistant ­referee Graham Scott, with puzzled players waiting in snowy, sub-zero conditions as they did so.

“It’s just complete nonsense if you ask me, waiting around and not knowing what is happening,” said Rose. “It is ridiculous, just ridiculous. The referee was open to explaining his decisions but I feel for Rochdale.

“Some of their players said it was their first time at Wembley and it was completely overshadowed. It could have been a nice occasion for them.

“I have no idea how you improve it [VAR], but what I experienced last night was not good at all.

“I have had a few messages from friends saying it is a shambles. It has been the same in every round it’s been used in the FA Cup. How can you go from a free-flowing game of football for 90 minutes to stopping for one or two minutes for a decision? It is what it is and we just have to get on with it.”

VAR was not the only cause of ­controversy last night as Heung-min Son was booked for unsporting behaviour after converting the penalty that followed the Trippier-Done incident because he stopped halfway through his run-up. The South Korean was incredulous, although Tierney’s decision was legitimate, if debatable.

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