Jose Mourinho hits out at VAR after he believes it made an error in Southampton loss

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Tottenham Hotspur took on Southampton in the Premier League this afternoon and VAR was the centre of attention as always.

Jose Mourinho has now hit out at the technology after he believes a mistake was made during that match that went against his team.

Harry Kane found the back of the net in the second half to equalise at 1-1, but the goal was called offside and VAR reinforced this claim, with Kane even injuring his hamstring in the process. Mourinho admitted that he had not seen the video for this decision yet.

Say what you want about VAR, it is very accurate with the offside calls, the questions is over whether it is potentially too accurate.

However, Mourinho claims that Dele Alli should have been awarded a penalty during the match, although which incident Jose is referring to is unclear. Dele Alli hit the deck inside the box on numerous occasions.

Mourinho said (Football London): “For me the referees are not the referees. I think the VAR should change their name because Video Assistant Referee is not true. It should be VR – Video Referee – because they are the referees. It is strange. You see the referees on pitch and they not the referees, they are the assistants.

“The other guys in the office are the ones who make the big decisions of the game. In relation to the offsides, for example in the past three weeks we had Harry Kane’s goal against Brighton disallowed for offside by I don’t know what margin. Then Norwich had one ruled out against us. I don’t know what half an inch that was. Then today, our goal I also don’t know, but this one I confess I haven’t watched yet.

“What I know is the Dele Alli penalty is a penalty and the VAR didn’t interfere. Then they interfered in the analyse of a penalty that from 75 yards away I knew was not a penalty. It was the Harry Kane shot with the rebound when McCarthy comes with Dele on the second ball, from 75 yards away I knew it wasn’t a penalty.

“I think they gave the VAR analyse to try to make us blind about the penalty that was a penalty. They decide not even to analyse on the VAR. This is going in a very bad direction, sometimes in our favour like at Norwich, sometimes against us. But the direction it is taking us in is really really wrong and I think the first step should be to change the name from VAR to VR.”

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