- Erik Lamela thought he had given Tottenham the lead inside the first 10 minutes
- But 90 seconds after the forward scored, the goal was ruled out thanks to VAR
- Tottenham were then awarded a penalty after Paul Tierney consulted VAR again
- ‘I think it’s an absolute shambles,’ former Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas said
Mauricio Pochettino warned that the video referee could ‘kill’ football as Spurs’ FA Cup win over Rochdale descended into chaos.
Fans jeered referee Paul Tierney’s constant first-half stoppages to use the system in a fifth-round replay made even more difficult by a blizzard at Wembley.
Tottenham boss Pochettino said: ‘Football is about emotion. It is a contest of emotion and if we are going to kill emotion in football, the fans, the people who love football, are not happy about what they saw.’
Tottenham Mauricio Pochettino could not hide his frustartion on the sidelines
Paul Tierney was at the centre of bizarre events on Wednesday as he relied heavily on VAR
Tierney took 90 seconds to rule out Erik Lamela’s strike for a foul inside the Rochdale box
Fernando Llorente was penalised by the VAR for the slightest of tugs inside the penalty area
HOW WEMBLEY VAR DRAMA UNFOLDED
6 minutes – Spurs thought they had an early lead when Erik Lamela slotted home from close range but VAR decided otherwise when Fernando Llorente was harshly adjudged to have fouled Harrison McGahey in the build-up and the goal was chalked off.
25 mins – Rochdale’s Matt Done hauled down Kieran Trippier on the right-hand side with the linesman originally awarding a free-kick to Spurs on the edge of the area. However, VAR showed that the offence continued into the box and after several minutes of deliberation, referee Paul Tierney changed his decision and awarded a penalty.
28 mins – Son Heung-min stepped up to take the spot-kick and coolly sent Josh Lillis the wrong way. However, after the South Korean stuttered in his run-up, a tactic which has been outlawed, Tierney – without the help of VAR – awarded Dale an indirect free-kick and booked Son.
Spurs ran out easy winners with a Fernando Llorente hat-trick but only after Erik Lamela’s first-half goal was disallowed on a mystifying call before Tierney ruled out a Son Heung-min penalty due to ‘illegal feinting’.
BT pundit Jermaine Jenas branded it an ‘absolute shambles’. The ex-Spurs midfielder added: ‘We’ve taken something that could be so good for the game but it’s comical at times.’
Pochettino added: ‘The first half was embarrassing. Everyone was confused and we need to respect the fans. Emotion is why you pay for the ticket, that is why you come to the game when the conditions are so bad.
‘Then you (will) say ‘OK, I am going to watch the game through the TV and stay at home because if I cannot shout when we score because we need to wait two minutes, you cannot express yourself’.
‘I am for the new technology but be careful when you change the game that we know.’
Rochdale manager Keith Hill said: ‘We have to come up with a way for people inside the stadium to know what’s going on. It’s OK me and the players knowing but the fans need to be involved in the process.’
Tottenham Hotspur were originally awarded a free kick when Keiran Trippier was fouled
However, having consulted VAR once more, the referee decided to award a penalty instead
Heung-Min Son stepped up to take the penalty and tucked his effort away from the spot
However, Son was penalised for stopping his run up, a decision again left to VAR
The South Korea international was also booked, as well as seeing his effort chalked off