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Tottenham boss unhappy with one refereeing moment in Brighton loss

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Newcastle outclass Tottenham in 4-0 rout

Tottenham Hotspur manager Ange Postecoglou disagrees with the penalty decision that helped Brighton

According to Football.London, during the post-match conference, Tottenham Hotspur manager Ange Postecoglou expressed his disagreement with the referee’s decision to award Brighton a penalty.

In his news conference following the match, Postecoglou reiterated his disapproval of technology, maintaining his outspoken criticism of video assistant referees since taking charge in North London. He also highlighted the challenge made by Lewis Dunk on Dejan Kulusevski, which, in his view, went unpunished.

Ange said:

“It was obviously clear and obvious because it only took him three minutes to see it on the screen and VAR picked up everything today except the one tackle which nearly cost me another player. So that’s their decisions.”

After Kulusevski was seen pulling Danny Welbeck’s shirt, resulting in Welbeck being impeded from taking a shot, a penalty was awarded. Joao Pedro converted the penalty to put Spurs 2-0 ahead after a prolonged video assistant referee review, a decision that didn’t seem to please the team’s manager.

Tottenham star Richarlison missed a number to chances against Brighton to bring the team back to level terms. (Photo by Luke Walker/Getty Images)
Tottenham star Richarlison missed a number of chances against Brighton to bring the team back to level terms. (Photo by Luke Walker/Getty Images)

After an impressive long-range strike by Pervis Estupinan extended Brighton’s lead to 3-0, Pedro scored a fourth goal from a penalty kick. Despite late goals by Alejo Veliz and Ben Davies showing Tottenham’s resilience, the game ultimately favoured Roberto De Zerbi’s Brighton.

Additionally, Tottenham might face absences in key players like Cristian Romero and potentially Heung-min Son for the next six games due to his Asia Cup commitments, along with Micky van de Ven sidelined due to injury.

In the final ten minutes, however, Tottenham rallied with a surge of activity. Ben Davies scored a header, reducing the deficit, while Alejo Veliz netted his first goal in the Premier League, sparking hope among Spurs fans for an improbable comeback.

Tottenham Hotspur’s Greek-Australian Head Coach criticizes the VAR for giving a penalty to Brighton. (Photo by DARREN STAPLES/AFP via Getty Images)

Postecoglou mentioned that it appeared Kulusevski emerged unharmed from Dunk’s forceful tackle. Additionally, he highlighted the short two-day rest period for fifth-placed Tottenham before their upcoming New Year’s Eve match against Bournemouth in North London.

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Because of this loss, Spurs will not have the opportunity to return to the top four, while De Zerbi’s team moves up to eighth place.

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