'Painful', 'Soul crushing' - Tottenham fans react to one aspect of win v Rochdale
Tottenham put themselves into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with a 6-1 defeat of Rochdale on Wednesday evening – a result which made them joint-favourites for the competition along with Manchester United.
A hattrick from Fernando Llorente, a brace from Son Heung-Min and a first from Kyle Walker-Peters sent the League One team crashing out of the cup.
The result aside, it wasn’t enough to see supporters of the club happy with the use of the Video Assistant Referee system that was again in use on the night and again managed to create discord on the terraces as players and fans at Wembley were left wondering what was going on.
Spurs had two goals disallowed after referee Paul Tierney consulted VAR and decided that the first ought to be ruled out due to a foul on Harrison McGahey by Fernando Llorente, and it was a similar result for the second too.
But it was the way and the reasons for which VAR was being used that caused most disgruntlement amongst the Tottenham faithful who felt that the spectacle was turning into a farce as a result.
Here is a selection of what Spurs supporters were saying about the use of the system:
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Take a lead from rugby, ref makes a decision – yes might still make a mistake, human, however he refers stuff he could not see or has a doubt in mind. Every goal getting a review etc is painful & kills passion / celebration.
— SpursNews (@SpursNews1961) March 1, 2018
After seeing it half season in MLS, the problem it can have is misapplication by refs. Yesterday re:Spurs was the worst I’ve seen it used. Re-refereeing the match is not the purpose. It’s correcting clear and obvious errors. If used correctly it’s minimal interference.
— K.T. Powell (@K_T_Powell) March 1, 2018
Surely it was designed to correct obvious errors rather than looking for ways to disallow goals when no dispute existed
— Spencer (@skkthfc61) March 1, 2018
Then the issue is those using VAR , not VAR itself. For Llorente foul, surely ultimate sanction would be to award the goal as he was fouled first.
— Carl Woodbridge (@Topol65) March 1, 2018
Should only be used on goals and on red cards.
— Packer Hotspur (@PackerHotspur) March 1, 2018
My main issue is that every goal is automatically reviewed. It’s soul crushing.
— Joe Patrick (@japatrick200) March 1, 2018
I don’t think there’s any problem with the concept of VAR
The problem yesterday was they took ridiculously too long to make a decision, it almost seemed like they were just terrified of making a mistake&ruining Rochdale‘s”big day”…
— Robonaz (@robonaz) March 1, 2018
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