Spurs legend slams VAR ‘pantomime’

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Dom Le Roy

Spurs legend Martin Chivers has slammed the farcical use of VAR in our FA Cup win against Rochdale.

The former forward watched on as Erik Lamela seemed to have put us ahead only for the goal to be later ruled out due to a foul. Referee Paul Tierney then gave a free-kick for a foul on Kieran Trippier before the VAR intervened, deciding it was a penalty instead.

During the first half there were several delays as Tierney checked and rechecked decisions on the field and while we eventually emerged 6-1 victors, Chivers believes the decision making could have cost us.

Speaking to The Daily Mail Chivers said:”You mean the pantomime? I couldn’t believe what was going on if I’m honest.If football’s changed that much then I’m sorry, I can’t accept it like that.It’s in a good cause but it’s early days. To put it in a cup tie like that, which was a very important cup tie, that’s perhaps not acceptable”

Chivers suggested: “Do it in a lower division somewhere. Do it in not such an important game. Then it would be a bit more acceptable, it could have cost us the game. And we were so much the better team as it worked out. It’s a bit ludicrous.’

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