Danny Rose has joined the dissenting voices following the VAR controversy in Tottenham’s 6-1 victory over Rochdale in the FA Cup at Wembley.
Mauricio Pochettino has already criticised the technology, suggesting it is taking the emotion out of football.
On Wednesday night, Erik Lamela had an early goal ruled out after Fernando Llorente was adjudged to have fouled a Rochdale defender in the build-up – replays showed there wasn’t much in it.
Spurs were then awarded a penalty when Kieran Trippier was pulled to the ground. The challenge began outside of the penalty area, but VAR informed the referee it continued into the box.
Heung-Min Son stepped up and scored the penalty, but the goal was ruled out because Son delayed his run-up, confirmed by VAR.
Rose claims the controversy took away from an entertaining contest.
“It’s just complete nonsense if you ask me, waiting around and not knowing what is happening,” said Rose. (Quotes via the London Evening Standard).
“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.”
There has been plenty of internet chatter following Wednesday’s chaotic match, with many football fans suggesting VAR shouldn’t be used for every incident.
I have to agree. Spurs weren’t able to celebrate their goals properly, and Rochdale were repeatedly given false hope when the referee went to VAR.
At the moment, the system has too many kinks to iron out. With a lot of work it could be a useful addition to the modern game, but how long is that going to take?