Mark Clattenburg weighs in on VAR resolution that probably value Spurs towards Sheffield
Sheffield United secured a 3-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Bramall Lane final night time to maneuver into seventh place within the Premier League desk.
The Blades’ first victory for the reason that restart saved their European goals alive as they’re now 5 factors behind Manchester United and Wolves.
It nevertheless dealt an enormous blow on Tottenham’s, with VAR probably taking part in an enormous function of their defeat.
Sander Berge put Sheffield forward after the half-hour mark, however Spurs instantly hit again by Harry Kane just for VAR to chalk off the purpose due to a handball by Lucas Moura within the build-up.
It left Jose Mourinho fuming post-game, and even his reverse quantity Chris Wilder branded the choice a farce.
Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has weighed in along with his opinion, and he believes the blame is solely on the handball rule.
“Prefer it or not, the letter of the legislation was adopted on Thursday night time. However this incident confirmed why this handball rule wants revising. Lucas Moura was nudged within the again by Sheffield United’s Sander Berge and compelled to the bottom,” Clattenburg instructed Sportsmail.
“John Egan tried to clear, just for him in addition the ball off Moura from half a yard — if that. Harry Kane then picked up the items and scored.
“The VAR noticed Moura’s arm was used within the build-up. Moura didn’t imply it, and it wasn’t his fault he was on the ground, however that doesn’t matter. The VAR needed to disallow it. This can be a legislation which wants altering.”
Whereas it left Spurs in ache, the legislation is the legislation and VAR Michael Oliver was solely doing his job final night time.
Sheffield have been the higher staff nonetheless, they usually deserved all of the three factors as they labored their socks off for the win following an unimpressive begin to the restart.
Each staff has been on the receiving finish of ‘merciless’ and controversial VAR selections this season, and that may proceed till the offside and handball guidelines are adjusted.