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Premier League should delay VAR implementation, says Pochettino

Reuters , Thursday 24 Jan 2019
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino (Reuters)
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The Premier League should delay the introduction of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) until they iron out the flaws that delay refereeing decisions and “annoy” fans at the stadium, Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has said.

VAR, which was used in the World Cup last year and is use in major leagues across Europe, is set to be used in the English top flight next season after clubs agreed in principle to introduce the technology.

The system is being used in England’s cup competitions this season but Pochettino believes the lack of clarity for players and fans at the stadium during VAR’s decision-making process leaves them frustrated.

“I think it is a good idea to delay because if we don’t have all the information... it is better to stop for one year or more,” Pochettino told reporters.

Tottenham benefited from a VAR decision that helped Harry Kane win a penalty and score in their 1-0 win over Chelsea in their League Cup semi-final this month but it involved a three-minute break in play while a decision was made.

“What worries me a bit is that there’s going to be a situation where football starts to annoy fans. If you stop for five minutes for a decision, I don’t know how they are going to behave,” the Argentine added.

“Watching every single game in Europe now, nobody is happy.”

Pochettino is not the first manager to criticise VAR, with Real Madrid’s Santiago Solari and AS Monaco’s Thierry Henry making their reservations known in the last few days.

Tottenham, who hold a 1-0 lead over Chelsea, play the second leg of the League Cup semi-final on Thursday at Stamford Bridge.

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