Tuesday, February 7, 2023

‘I like VAR’ Sporting CP coach Amorim tells furious Conte

‘I like VAR’ Sporting CP coach Amorim tells furious Conte

After his team’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham in the Champions League, Sporting CP coach Ruben Amorim had high comments for the video assistant referee system.

After Wednesday’s chaotic draw at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the outcome of Group D is still very much up in the air heading into matchday six.

Harry Kane was denied a last-gasp winner that would have sent his team through after a goal scored by former Spurs youngster Marcus Edwards in the first half was cancelled out by Rodrigo Bentancur.

In his own, brighter post-match press conference, Sporting opponent Amorim justified the use of the technology with a smile on his face.

The press conference came after a potentially crucial result for the Primeira Liga heavyweights as they look to make it to the knockout stages.

“I like it because it’s fair,” the Portuguese said of VAR. “Most of the time. I know there is a lot of problems sometimes because it’s a hard decision, but like I said I didn’t see the footage.

“For me, it was very good. For Antonio Conte, it was very bad. It’s football. For me it’s a good tool to improve football.

“For the fans sometimes it’s not so good, but I think it’s fair.”

Antonio Conte, on the other side, accused VAR of “creating a lot of damage” after Harry Kane’s 95th-minute goal was disallowed in a tumultuous 1-1 draw with Sporting CP, suggesting other major teams get more favorable calls than Spurs.

Conte was sent off by referee Danny Makkelie as the Tottenham bench erupted in protest, and he continued to vent his rage in his post-match interview.

“About the end, I think that the ball was in front of Kane and the goal is a goal. I don’t understand the VAR, the line that they put,” Conte told BT Sport.

“It’s very difficult to comment on this decision and VAR, I think, is creating a lot of damage.

“I want to see if, in another stadium or with another big team, they are ready to disallow this type of goal. I’d like to know this.

“[I see] a lot of injustice. I don’t like this type of situation. I see no positive things.”

Conte was equally perplexed by the decision to show him a red card after he was one of several Spurs bench members to spill onto the pitch in the aftermath of Kane’s strike.

“All the people came inside the pitch after the decision to disallow the goal,” Conte added. “He came to give me a red card, maybe because I was the most popular person going onto the pitch.”

‘I like VAR’ Sporting CP coach Amorim tells furious Conte

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