Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri slams decision to award Harry Kane a penalty

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri slams decision to award Tottenham’s Harry Kane a penalty… as Mauricio Pochettino admits: ‘I don’t like VAR’

  • Tottenham won the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final against Chelsea 
  • Harry Kane was awarded a penalty when Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa fouled him
  • Referee Michael Oliver gave the penalty after the incident was referred to VAR 
  • Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino said after the win that he doesn’t like VAR 

Sami Mokbel for the Daily Mail

Initial TV replays appeared to show that Kane was onside as he raced onto Toby Alderweireld’s pass.

But alternative camera angles seem to suggest the Tottenham striker was offside before the collision with Chelsea keeper Kepa.

Chelsea players were seen questioning the referee in the tunnel at half-time, clearly unhappy that the penalty was awarded.

And Sarri said: ‘A few minutes ago I watched the video from our camera. It was offside. Our camera was in line with Harry Kane.

There was confusion when play was stopped at Wembley as Michael Oliver went to VAR

There was confusion when play was stopped at Wembley as Michael Oliver went to VAR

Referee Oliver went to VAR after Harry Kane had been fouled by Chelsea's Kepa Arrizabalaga

Referee Oliver went to VAR after Harry Kane had been fouled by Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga

‘Offside with his head, the knee. Offside. It was really important the linesman carried on running, he had a big impact on our defenders.

‘I don’t think English referees are able to use the system. If you are not sure with the system, you have to follow the ball and at the end of the action decide.

‘But he stopped and didn’t follow the ball – for our defenders it was offside.

‘It’s very strange in the Premier League there isn’t VAR and in Carabao Cup there is the system.’ And despite leaving Wembley victorious Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino also admitted he is not convinced by VAR.

‘I don’t like the VAR. Today we get the benefit of it but after watching the World Cup and another league like La Liga I see that nobody is happy from day one that they started to use it,’ said Pochettino.

Mauricio Pochettino said after the game that he was not a fan of VAR being used in football

Mauricio Pochettino said after the game that he was not a fan of VAR being used in football

‘To get the benefit is nice but I am unhappy to win the game like this. I prefer the technology but in a different way. Being clear.

‘I am pro technology because you cannot stop evolution but we are waiting so long, it is not clear what are the rules.

‘We all have to agree, the players, the coaching staff, I watch every week La Liga and nobody is happy, the big clubs and the small clubs.

‘If you are playing to win the title or to stay up nobody is happy.

‘That is a good example for us. We have six months to improve the system and there is a lot of work to do.’ 


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