By John Wenham

21st Sep, 2022 | 10:22am

Expert fumes at Tottenham VAR blunder as controversial footage analysed

Leicester City should not have been allowed to retake their early penalty against Tottenham on Saturday (17 September).

That is according to Spurs insider John Wenham, who regularly breaks news about the club on his Lilywhite Rose social media channels.

As shown on Sky Sports (17 September), Leicester were awarded a penalty after James Justin was brought down by Davinson Sanchez on the edge of the 18-yard box.

Lloris saved the resulting spot-kick from Tielemans, however, VAR official Andre Marriner told referee Simon Hooper to order a retake because the stopper had left his line before the ball was kicked.

Wenham insists this was the wrong call.

“Huge credit to Hugo Lloris,” Wenham told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

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“For me, the first save was absolutely fine. It is unfortunate that VAR now checks absolute centimetres.

“I’m sure keepers were doing that as a bare minimum for years before the technology came in. With Hugo, I now expect him to save penalties.

“His record over the last three to four years, he has saved from Aubameyang, Vardy, Aguero. I just expect him to save penalties as a bare minimum.

“He saved the first one (v Leicester) and he actually got very close to the second one as well, it was just a better strike from Tielemans the second time around.”

VAR officials are under pressure after a string of high-profile mistakes in recent weeks.

Tottenham are next in action against Arsenal on 1 October.

In other news, former Premier League referee has claimed Davinson Sanchez ‘lucky’ to escape punishment as Tottenham extended ban claim issued.