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VAR makes a right mess of Spurs’ FA Cup replay with Rochdale and everyone is rather annoyed

It's all going down at Wembley this evening

Oh, here we go.

Everyone’s new favourite system of taking the fun out of football has struck yet again.

This time, it’s Spurs who are on the receiving end in their FA Cup replay clash against Rochdale this evening.


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In the opening few minutes of the match, the Premier League side looked lively going forward against their League One opponents and duly scored through Erik Lamela. Well, so we all thought, anyway.

Striding down the right wing, Son Heung-min crosses into the box, allowing handsome Fernando Llorente and Rochdale defender James McNulty to challenge for the ball.

The loose ball then falls kindly to Lamela, who simply taps home.

Never a good sign when the big man points to the sky

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Never a good sign when the big man points to the sky

He’s got his finger in his ear now – this isn’t a good sign

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He’s got his finger in his ear now – this isn’t a good sign

But hold on.

With everyone in the stadium settling back down, the referee decides to make an ass of himself by deciding to check in on VAR. And of course, the experts with the technology decide the goal should be overturned.

We’re all pretty perplexed of course, including BT Sport commentator Robbie Savage. “That is an incredible decision,” he says. You’re not wrong, Robbie.

So, what on earth happened there, then? Well, it seems Llorente fouled McNulty in the build-up. But at this point, who the hell knows?

That was pretty bad, right? But wait, it gets worse!

As the game goes on, Son duly puts Spurs ahead and there’s no arguments with that one, thankfully.

But moments later, there’s more controversy as Spurs are on the attack again, this time with Kieran Trippier charging after a long ball. Rochdale’s Matt Done then seems to clip the full-back and he goes down inside the box.

Go on, my Son

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Go on, my Son

Nope, more dramatics!

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Nope, more dramatics!

You know what’s coming.

There’s another lengthy period of VAR head-scratching, before the penalty is eventually awarded and Son steps up to take it. He slots home and we all think it’s 2-0.

But, nope, yet again the referee stops play, books Son and disallows the goal. What is going on?

It seems that the South Korean’s stop/start method of taking the penalty is what irked the ref.

This is absolutely bonkers, well worth a watch.


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