Tottenham’s Postecoglou: VAR ‘diminishing authority’ of refs



Ange Postecoglou says VAR is “diminishing the authority” of referees after Tottenham’s 4-1 home defeat to Chelsea showed nine separate checks that resulted in 21 minutes of extra time.

Despite taking an early lead through Dejan Kulusevski, Spurs suffered their first Premier League defeat as Christian Romero and Destiny Udogi were sent off either side of half-time.

Cole Palmer equalized from the penalty spot in the 35th minute after Romero was sent off on VAR review for a late tackle on Enzo Fernandez before Udogi Raheem Sterling was shown a second yellow for lunging.

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Chelsea struggled to break down Tottenham’s nine-man side until Nicholas Jackson scored a hat-trick in the last 15 minutes to mark his first return to Spurs since being sacked by the club in November 2019.

Asked about the heavy use of VAR on the night, in which five goals were disallowed, Postecoglou said: “I don’t like it. I don’t like standing around. I don’t like the whole theater waiting for a decision. .

“But I know that I am in that desert. I am myself. In my 26 years, I have always been ready to accept the referee’s decision, good, bad or otherwise, and I have had some setbacks. In my career, I tell you.

“I’ve had my way, but I just want the game to be played. But when we’re complaining about decisions every week, that’s what’s going to happen. People are going to forensically scrutinize everything to make sure. They’re comfortable, it’s right, and even its We are not happy at the end.

“So what does that mean? It means we’re going to see a lot of standing around. I think it’s diminishing the referee’s authority. You can’t tell me that the referees are in control of the game. They’re not. They’re out of control. But that’s the way the game is played and you’ve got that. Accept and just try and get on with it.

“It looks like we don’t have a great call to go back and accept the referee’s decisions for the majority. I understand the goal-line technology because it’s a simple one. It came and nobody complained about it.”

Postecoglou continued to look for a perfect game where no wrong decisions were made, adding that some of the blame rested on the shoulders of managers who complained about the calls week in and week out.

“It’s not new. I’ve been doing it for 26 years,” Postecoglou said. “I’ve heard managers, myself included, complain about decisions in the past, but we came through. We didn’t feel the need to find some miracle cure for it.

“Like I said, I don’t think that’s a viable option because we’ve opened that door, allowed technology, and now we want transparency.

“I guarantee you the next thing is that our referees will be mic’d up and the decisions will be explained. There’s a lot of games you can see referees do that, I don’t think it’s about football. However, I think I’m here to focus on that. .”

Premier League managers have been called on to come together with referees’ body Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) to discuss improving the quality of officiating, while Arsenal released a statement supporting Mikel Arteta after he raised concerns after the Gunners 1. -0 loss to Newcastle United at the weekend.

“Premier League managers should be managing their football clubs,” Postecoglou said. “I have never spoken to the referee about the rules of the game and never will. I was taught that you grow up and you respect the officials.

‘You know what managers do? I’ll tell you what managers do, myself included, we try to find ways to bend the rules. Tell me what the rules are, and I guarantee you’ll have a room full of managers processing ‘how can I get past this.’

“We’re not the right people. I want people to say that. I don’t agree with that. What I want is for the best officials to always be competent to manage the game. But I think it’s very difficult for referees to do the job. These days.

“Their authority is steadily diminishing. I grew up fearing referees. They’d be like the police. Nowadays I guess we talk to policemen too. I’m old school. I’m from a bygone era. I just love the purity of the game.

“That’s part of my problem. I have to embrace it and find a way to work with it, but it goes against what I try to do. I want my team to play fast, aggressive, high-tempo, go. -At-it football. If we get a red card, it’s a penalty against us, right? Let’s cop it and go again. But then we stand for two minutes to decide, to figure out if there was some offside.

“Let the linesman decide. Remember when it was the benefit of the doubt? Do we all remember that? For the striker? We all lived with it. The game didn’t collapse. But I’m like an old man shouting at the clouds, mate. I’m I’ll deal with it, but I’m that person.”

Spurs failed to return to first place in the Premier League as a result of the loss. They now trail leaders Manchester City by 26 points after 11 games so far this season.

Tottenham host Wolves on Saturday, while Chelsea face Man City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.



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