Conte Sent Off Amid Late Drama - 'VAR Creates Big Damage'

Conte Sent Off Amid Late Drama - 'VAR Creates Big Damage'
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Tottenham manager Antonio Conte was left furious after VAR’s late intervention denied his side’s progress to the UEFA Champions League last 16, saying it “creates big damage”.

Spurs were forced to settle for a 1-1 home draw with Sporting Lisbon despite Harry Kane’s 90th minute goal, which was disallowed after a three-minute VAR check.

Emerson Royal had nodded a deep goal back across goal, where it deflected off Sporting defender Flavio Nazinho and into Kane’s path to sweep it home.

However, the goal was disallowed with Kane marginally offside from Royal’s header, despite the slight deflection off Nazinho, as he didnt make a deliberate play on the ball.

Conte was sent off amid the furious protestations as Spurs players surrounded referee Danny Makkelie with Eric Dier heard saying “the ball went backwards”.

“I repeat you know I don’t comment on referee decision but the VAR, this season, I don’t know why between Premier League and Champions League, we are not so lucky,” Conte said.

“I think we are not so lucky with VAR but I think they create big damage. I would like to see if this type of decision you can take with a top team, in an important game, I would like to see if VAR is so brave to take this decision. I repeat this unfair decision because the ball is in front of Kane.

“Sorry, but I am really upset because sometimes you can accept this situation and sometimes I think it is not good because I don’t see honesty in this type of situation and when I see this I become really, really upset.

“Now for this decision we have to wait to the last game against Marseille and I repeat this decision, yeah creates big damage.

“I think the club has to be strong because I repeat this situation creates big, big damage. Now we don’t know what happen next week. If we go out, then I want to see.”

The draw leaves Spurs still in top spot in the group on eight points, with Sporting and Eintracht Frankfurt on seven points and Olympique Marseille on six.

Spurs go to Marseille on the final matchday, knowing a draw will see them progress and a win will clinch top spot in the group, but a defeat will see them eliminated.

Ben somerford
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