Pep Guardiola has admitted it is sometimes ‘difficult’ to understand the marginal offside calls made by VAR, such as the Harry Kane one in Tottenham’s 1-1 draw against Southampton on Tuesday.
Kane thought he had given Tottenham the lead at the start of the second half against the Saints, only for VAR to rule that the striker was offside.
The decision generated quite a bit of controversy, with some pundits insisting the Tottenham striker was not in an offside position when Harry Winks played the pass.
City themselves had a goal ruled out against Brentford on Wednesday night, with VAR chopping off Aymeric Laporte’s goal for offside.
However, the decision was not as costly for the Premier League Champions as it proved for Conte’s men, with City emerging with a 1-0 win from the Brentford Community Stadium.
Guardiola referenced the Kane decision and admitted that these calls involved extremely fine margins.
The City boss told Amazon Prime (29/12/21): “The margins in these kinds of situations. You know Southampton-Tottenham and the disallowed goal for Harry Kane.
“So, the lines, I don’t know. The margin is so. You put the line here and you put the line here. Sometimes it’s difficult to know it. But it’s disallowed.”
Spurs Web Opinion
In the age of VAR and slow-motion replays, authorities should consider tweaking the offside rule. There would be a lot less controversy if it was decided that only the position of the defender’s and forward’s feet would be checked instead of someone’s sleeve, head or shoulders.
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