'Absurd...Crazy...Terrible' - Exclusive: Paul Robinson fumes at Tottenham footage
Paul Robinson has slated Michael Oliver for the “crazy”, “absurd” and terrible” decision to rule out Harry Kane’s goal as Tottenham slipped to defeat against Sheffield United.
The former White Hart Lane number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed footage showed it was “the most absurd decision of the season”.
Sander Berge gave Chris Wilder’s side the lead on the half hour mark but Spurs thought they had responded quickly when Harry Kane wrong-footed Dean Henderson.
However, VAR official Michael Oliver denied the England captain a goal for what he deemed to be a handball by Lucas Moura in the build-up.
The Blades went on to win the game 3-1 thanks to second-half strikes from Lys Mousset and Oli McBurnie.
When asked by Football Insider whether Oliver was correct in his decision, Robinson said:
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“I think it is absolutely ridiculous.
“It’s the most absurd decision from VAR. I have seen some crazy decision from VAR, and we did not think it could get any stranger, but that is the most absurd decision I have ever seen.
“Referees have a hard job but they are not helping themselves with decisions like that.
“It is a terrible decision. It was not even handball. The most absurd decision of the season.
“When a ball is flying at you from that kind of range, how can that be given? It beggars belief.”
Jose Mourinho, when speaking on the decision, said: “I never complain at the man with the whistle because it’s not the referee any more.
“I used to disagree with the decision, I used to complain and go to the fourth official but the man on the pitch is the assistant referee.”
In other Tottenham news, Darren Bent has told Football Insider Jose Mourinho has been “harsh” with attacker.
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