Jermaine Jenas has his say on Tottenham’s failed VAR penalty appeal

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A week ago, Tottenham Hotspur were saved by a late VAR decision at Manchester City to salvage a point against the Premier League champions.

Fast forward seven days and Spurs found themselves on the other side of a decision from the video technology and suffer a first Premier League loss.

Substitute Giovani Lo Celso threaded a ball through to Harry Kane in the Newcastle penalty area and Jamaal Lascelles appeared to slip before bundling straight into the Spurs striker who was unable to fire a shot at goal.

Referee Mike Dean waved away the Tottenham protests and following a VAR review, it also decided there were no grounds to hand the home side a way back into the match.

Spurs enjoyed the majority of the ball in the match but were unable to make it count, often looking lost in the opposition half of how they could look to break down a resolute Magpies defence.

Former midfielder Jermaine Jenas believed that it should have been a penalty for Spurs and that VAR got the review of the incident completely wrong.

Jenas told the BBC: “This looks like a penalty to me. They are taking a long time to make this decision. Wow it’s not a penalty. I don’t think you can get emotional about VAR anymore. The decisions are just so random at times. That’s twice now looking at replays that I would have given them the penalties. I have no idea. I think that is a shocker from VAR.”

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