Ruben Amorim defends VAR after Sporting CP steal a draw vs Tottenham Hotspur
Sporting CP manager Ruben Amorim was a man relieved on the touchline as VAR ridiculously denied Harry Kane a late winner for Tottenham Hotspur yesterday night (October 26).
Sporting scored through Marcus Edwards in the first half and then played to protect the lead. Spurs fought their way back, scored an equaliser through Rodrigo Bentancur, and thought they had won the game in the 95th minute with a Kane goal.
The scenes turned from jubilation to a nightmare for Spurs. The decision by VAR has been widely questioned, with manager Antonio Conte one of many pointing his finger at the video assistant referee’s role in football.
And let’s be honest, it’s hard to see why anyone affiliated with Sporting would be criticising the controversial VAR decision for handing them a godsent point. This heavily increases their chances of qualification from the group.
Amorim, speaking to reporters after the match (h/t Evening Standard) came to the defence of a ‘fair’ VAR, and said:
“I like it because it’s fair. Most of the time. I know there is a lot of problems sometimes because it’s a hard decision, but like I said I didn’t see the footage.”
“For me, it was very good. For Antonio Conte, it was very bad. It’s football. For me it’s a good tool to improve football. For the fans sometimes it’s not so good, but I think it’s fair.”
The Primeira Liga side have seven points from five matches – the same as Eintracht Frankfurt. Tottenham have eight, while Olympique de Marseille have six.
We face the French team next, who know a win at home will send them through to the knockout rounds at our expense.
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Sporting, meanwhile, have a high-stakes game against Frankfurt and there is no denying that the situation has become very, very convenient to them as compared to what it could have been had Kane’s goal stood.