Mauricio Pochettino: VAR a 'nightmare' after Son Heung-Min goal disallowed

Mauricio Pochettino: VAR a 'nightmare' after Son Heung-Min goal disallowed
From ESPN - March 17, 2018

Mauricio Pochettino branded the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system a "nightmare" after Tottenham Hotspur cruised into the FA Cup semifinals with a 3-0 win at Swansea City.

Two goals from Christian Eriksen and one from Erik Lamela secured a spot in the last four for Tottenham, but the victory was not without controversy as Son Heung-Min's 23rd-minute goal was ruled out for offside.

The incident was reviewed at length by VAR and, with the lines on the television proving inconclusive as to whether Son was offside, the original decision stood.

"It's a nightmare," Pochettino said. "I feel so sorry for the people trying to use that system. I think I prefer it when the ref and assistant make mistakes than to wait three or four minutes for things.

"But we now need to see the reality of how it is going to affect the staff on the touchline and the officials. It is so complex, but the worst thing for me is the effect for the fan. It is going to be a massive problem for the future. We will see what happens at the World Cup."

Spurs had also seen VAR dominate proceedings in the fifth-round replay against Rochdale, with Pochettino equally critical of several stoppages in the first half of their 6-1 win.

Without the injured Harry Kane, Pochettino made seven changes from the side that had won at Bournemouth the previous weekend.

Dele Alli, Mousa Dembele and Hugo Lloris were all left on the bench, but there was no way back for Swansea in their first FA Cup quarterfinal in 54 years after Eriksen's 11th-minute opener.


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