Eric Dier has admitted that he was left very confused by the referee’s decision to allow Brighton’s equaliser to stand despite reviewing the incident on the pitch-side monitor.
The referee, Graham Scott did not blow for a foul when Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg was seemingly brought down by Solly March and the away side ended up putting the ball in the back of the net just seconds later.
VAR then intervened to ask Scott to review the incident on the monitor.
However, despite watching it back in slow-motion several times, Scott decided to stick to his original decision and allow Brighton’s equaliser to stand.
The Tottenham players seemed to be in disbelief at the time and Jose Mourinho insisted after the game that referees need to explain their decisions so that we are not left guessing the reason as to why they made certain calls.
In our view, the Spurs boss would have used much harsher words to describe the decision had his side not found a winner through Gareth Bale.
Dier was just as confused as his head coach with the decision but admitted that he was delighted with the way the team responded.
When asked about the decision he told Football.London: “It’s not easy when I can see the screen from the side of the pitch. It’s not easy to accept that kind of decision.
“It’s quite clear to everyone. I’m very confused as to why it wasn’t taken back to the foul. I can’t understand any reason why it wasn’t.
“So in the moment it’s very difficult, but I think we reacted really well, we were resilient. We scored pretty quickly afterwards which I think was important because if things go on a bit longer and you don’t get that goal it can become frustrating.
“We scored straight away and then fair enough I think we were comfortable in the way we saw out the game.”
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