Pochettino and other managers meet with Mike Riley over VAR problems

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The controversy surrounding the use of VAR in the Premier League has been dominating the headlines for several weeks but last weekend’s action, in particular, led to a lot a disillusionment among fans.

In the Everton v Spurs game alone, the lilywhites were potentially lucky to get away with two penalty shouts with VAR choosing to overlook Dele Alli’s alleged handball as well as Davinson Sanchez’s tackle on Richarlison.

Spurs, of course, got the rough end of the stick when VAR for some inexplicable reason refused to correct Martin Atkinson when he upgraded the yellow card to handed out to Son Heung-min to a red on seeing the extent of Andre Gomes’ injury.

According to a report in The Guardian, Mauricio Pochettino along with the other nineteen Premier League managers will today meet with Mike Riley, manager of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) to discuss the current problems with the VAR system.

One of the points that will reportedly be discussed is whether the match officials should be able to watch replays on the pitchside monitors and if the majority of the managers agree, PGMOL will consider introducing them if a formal vote is made.

Spurs Web Opinion

I always believed that the first few years of implementing VAR would be turbulent as it will take us time to understand the best use of the available technology. I believe in a couple of years, we would have a much better protocol on when the technology can come into play and how the decisions are made.

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