Jose Mourinho reacts to referee Graham Scott and his VAR decision against Spurs

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Dom Le Roy

Jose Mourinho has claimed that referee, Graham Scott should explain his decision to allow Brighton’s equaliser to stand despite Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg seemingly being fouled in the build-up.

Tariq Lamptey drew the visitors level with a smart finish across Hugo Lloris but replays showed that Solly March had bought Hojbjerg down some twenty seconds earlier.

After VAR’s intervention, the referee reviewed the incident several times using the on-pitch monitor and decided to stick with his original decision, despite the fact that March did not appear to get any meaningful contact on the ball.

There was also some controversy surrounding the penalty awarded to Spurs in the first half, with Scott initially awarding Spurs a free-kick before changing his decision following the intervention of VAR.

Mourinho admitted that it is up to referees to explain their decisions so that people are not left wondering after the game why a certain call went a certain way.

When asked about both decisions, the Spurs boss told Football.London: “They are decisions that I think they should explain and not leaving us in front of you, and us explaining things that many, many times we don’t find any explanation to it. So I prefer not to speak about it.

“I see Scott as a good referee. He had the opportunity to go to the screen and watch on the screen the same thing we watched on the bench on our iPad.

“He should explain but I know that’s not going to happen so let’s move on and speak about a very difficult match that we won.”

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