Former Referee Questions Wembley VAR Calls

"It's great to be back at Wembley in a competitive game", he said. So it was only in keeping with the tone when Son, having paused during his run-up, had his successful penalty disallowed and was booked.

Tottenham reached the FA Cup quarter-finals after surviving a scare against League One Rochdale in a fifth-round replay littered with video assistant referee controversies.

Son stepped up to take the spot-kick and coolly sent Josh Lillis the wrong way. He began a nonchalant trot to the corner flag in celebration, only for referee Paul Tierney to immediately blow his whistle. Son promptly converted it - but then saw his goal chalked off for delaying his run and a yellow card produced instead. There's no word to describe it except frustrating, even though we won 6-1.

Fans and pundits alike were left confused by the use of the technology and Pochettino said it was hard for his players to concentrate during an eventful first half, with the score 1-1 at the break before Spurs pulled away after the interval.

"I've had a few messages from friends saying it's a shambles, the VAR. I feel so sorry for the referee and I feel more sorry for the fans because it's so hard to understand the situation". "It is what they call illegal feinting", he explained. Son dribbled into the box, before stopping at the end line.

"This is my move", he said of the technique, which is also regularly used by Cristiano Ronaldo. "I don't know why it was referred (to the VAR) in the first place". So this, for me, is unusual. "But the referee says I need to change my style and practice!"

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has insisted that his side will not overlook Huddersfield Town on Saturday afternoon.

"He said Sonny had stopped just before he kicked the ball but, to me, it didn't look like it", Rose said. "I think we need to be cautious with him because we still need to assess him every day", he said.

'But it is true with Harry on the pitch, he is going to struggle to take them!'

It was a shivery victory in bad conditions, and sends Spurs in to a Cup quarter-final away at Swansea in two weeks' time. Unfortunately that means Fernando Llorente is set to make way despite scoring a hat-trick against Rochdale. Erik Lamela cleaned up the offering by putting it in the net. "This makes it better for us". I see today everyone was confused.

"We don't understand what's going on and why". He's a very nice guy. "I do think it will improve".

Goals from Kane and Christian Eriksen managed to overturn Juventus' 2-0 lead in the first leg after Gonzalo Higuain scored two goals in the first half in Turin last month. We're obviously not going to disregard Swansea [in the FA Cup quarterfinal] and after that, if we do get through that, we obviously don't fear Chelsea or Man United. We were very close to the final and we remember it. But yes, [we are] happy because Jan is back again and maybe he is available for tomorrow to play. "It is what it is and we just have to get on with it".

  • Angelo Rivera