Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen has condemned the use of VAR which saw Manchester City get a penalty from a Danny Rose handball.
“No one expected it. They didn’t even appeal for it so it was extremely weird to concede a penalty like this,” Vertonghen said. “That’s VAR. In a way it’s good. I’m not always a fan but at the end everyone will benefit from it.”
“It takes a lot away from the game, I think. But, like I said, at the end it will give you more. But it can happen for us as well. If we got a penalty in this way I would be very happy. Football is always a very emotional game, and VAR is changing that a bit. I think you’ll see in the stats in the next few years in the Premier League, you will see at least 20, 30, 40 more penalties.”
“Sometimes you can’t do anything else than put your body on the line, and I don’t even know, but it’s important that referees think as a football player sometimes. You can’t even touch anyone. Before it was quite physical, but in a fair way. But now you are too scared to get close to someone.”