Noel Whelan has ripped into the VAR officials after Tottenham saw a goal chalked off in their defeat to Sheffield United.

The former Premier League striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, claims the decision to rule Harry Kane’s strike out was “shocking” and “laughable”.

Spurs thought they had bounced straight back from going 1-0 down through Kane but the VAR team judged Lucas Moura to have handled the ball in the build-up and ruled the goal out.

The Brazilian winger appeared to be fouled and the ball kicked at his arm, which had been put out to break his fall, at point-blank range before ricocheting to Kane.

Whelan was left fuming with the officials and insists there is no point having VAR if these are the sort of decision they’re going to make.

Asked what he made of the controversial call, Whelan told Football Insider: “Shocking, absolutely shocking, you can’t defend that. They’re there to try and give you that clarity but they’re making more mistakes than the referee out there on the field.

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“They should be there with everything at their disposal, slow motion, go over it again and again, to come up with that decision is laughable. If that’s the case, you may as well scrap VAR.” 

Goals from Sander Berge, Lys Mousset and Oli McBurnie gave Sheffield United a 3-0 lead before Kane netted a consolation in the 90th minute.

Defeat means Spurs sit ninth in the Premier League table, two points off the Blades in seventh and nine off fourth-placed Chelsea.

In other Tottenham news, it can be REVEALED the Lilywhites have made a move to sign a 24-year-old defender.

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