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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Champions League – “Big damage” by VAR: Tottenham coach Antonio Conte cancels press conference

Team manager Antonio Conte from top English club Tottenham Hotspur vented his anger at the VAR in an angry speech after the wild final phase against Sporting Lisbon (1-1). “The VAR is doing a lot of damage,” complained the 53-year-old. He sees “no honesty” and feels “a lot of injustice”.

The Dutch referee Danny Makkelie took back Harry Kane’s supposed winning goal (90 + 5) in the Champions League group game after almost three and a half minutes of consultation with video assistant Pol van Bokel for offside. Conte then saw the red card because of wild protests, and at the subsequent press conference he indicated that his team was at a permanent disadvantage. After his two-minute monologue, the Italian immediately left the podium.

“I don’t think we have much luck with VAR. I would like to see if they would make such a decision and, I repeat, an unfair decision against a big team in an important game,” said Conte: “Sometimes can You accept decisions like that, but when you don’t see honesty, you get very upset.”

His team had “just been unlucky” with the VAR in both the Champions League and the domestic league this season, he continued. With a win against Sporting, the Spurs would have reached the round of 16 as group winners. Instead, they now need a point at Olympique Marseille to progress safely on Tuesday, Conte will then be red-banned.


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