VAR denies Tottenham three points as Mourinho storms off pitch






Tottenham were denied all three points by a controversial VAR decision that saw Jose Mourinho storm off down the tunnel before the match, which finished 1-1, had even ended.

In addition, his coach, Nuno Santo, was red carded after the final whistle as the Spurs bench and players raged at what they saw as a robbery.

Mourinho walked off before the match was even over


The Spurs manager thought he had won the match but Callum Wilson equalised from the spot
Mike Ashley, though, rubbed his hands with delight at the final whistle

Mike Ashley, though, rubbed his hands with delight at the final whistle
Following up on their 5-2 win against Southampton, Spurs appeared to be on course to beat Newcastle 1-0 at White Hart Lane.

But they were penalised in the fifth and final minute of stoppage time when Andy Carroll’s header from point-blank range hit Eric Dier on the arm in the box and, after a delay for VAR, the spot-kick was given and Callum Wilson scored it.

In an entertaining first half, Heung min Son hit the woodwork twice and goalkeeper Karl Darlow produced a number of saves to keep out Giovani Lo Celso and Harry Kane.

And it was Kane who provided the assist, crossing low in the six-yard box for Lucas Moura to prod into Darlow’s net.

Newcastle were given a late penalty when the ball hit Eric Dier’s hand

Jose Mourinho switched things up at half-time by substituting Son, who scored four goals last time out, for Steven Bergwijn, no doubt resting the hard working forward considering there are two midweek games to play, beginning with Chelsea in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday and then Maccabi Haifa in the Europa League on Thursday.

The second 45 minutes continued in the same vein although Newcastle were having more joy in cutting out Tottenham attacks, even if they struggled to mount any telling ones of their own.

It looked like the visitors’ closest attempt to a dramatic late equaliser would be courtesy of a mix-up in the Tottenham defence as Ben Davies hammered a clearance straight into team-mate Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, with the ball flashing wide of a post.

It appeared it was Spurs’ for the taking here in north London, but they could not kill the game off and there was always a chance they could suffer, however, no one could have envisaged a situation quite like this.

Then again, this has been a chaotic weekend for the decision makers.

This latest controversy saw Sky Sports analyst Jamie Carragher claim ‘this penalty nonsense is ruining the game’, while Gary Lineker tweeted: “Can we have our game back please.”

Even Olympic gold medallist Greg Rutherford tweeted: “As someone who spent a lot of time jumping, I can confirm you use them and need them to perform the action. They would NOT be by your side. VAR… go for a sleep, you’re very drunk.”

Mourinho was in no mood to berate the Football Association for fear of a hefty fine.

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“If I want to give some money away, I give it to charities, not the FA. So I prefer not to comment.

“It’s not for me to judge Newcastle’s performance. They did their job the best they could.

“I think at half-time, [Steve] Bruce was super happy with the result at 1-0. He’s a very intelligent and experienced guy, a good friend, he knows football up and down.

“He knew at half-time it could be three or four nil, so he was very happy at half-time, and they got their point.”

Mourinho confirmed Son was withdrawn at half-time due to a hamstring injury.

He said: “It’s an injury. We’ll have him out for a while. It’s his hamstring.”