Ange Postecoglou’s backing of referees in stark contrast to Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal VAR rant

Ange Postecoglou’s backing of referees in stark contrast to Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal VAR rant

Nov 11, 2023

Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou has shown his backing to referees after Mikel Arteta’s comments about the officiating in Arsenal’s defeat at Newcastle.

The Gunners fell to their first Premier League defeat of the season at St. James’ Park as a result of Anthony Gordon’s controversial goal.

Arteta certainly didn't hold back in his assessment of Newcastle's winner


Arteta certainly didn’t hold back in his assessment of Newcastle’s winnerCredit: Getty
But Postecoglou insists referees' jobs are very hard to do in the modern game


But Postecoglou insists referees’ jobs are very hard to do in the modern gameCredit: Getty

Replays show the ball may have gone out of play in the build-up with VAR also checking a foul on Gabriel and an offside but the goal stood.

As a result, Arteta called the decision ’embarrassing’ and a ‘disgrace’ during a no holds barred post-match interview.

However, following Tottenham’s 4-1 defeat at home to Chelsea which featured a swathe of VAR calls, Postecoglou insists managers need to show respect to officials despite contentious decisions.

“That’s the problem, Premier League managers should just manage their football clubs,” he said after his side’s unbeaten run ended on Monday night.

“I’ve never and I never will talk to a referee about the rules of the game, I was taught that you grow up and you respect the officials.

“You know what managers do? I’ll tell you what managers do, me included, we try and find ways to bend the rules to get around them. Tell me what the rule is and I guarantee you’ll have a room full of managers processing, ‘How can I get around this?’

“We’re not the right people and I get that people keep saying it, I don’t agree with it. What I want is the best officials, always being up-skilled to officiate the game but I think it’s so hard for a referee to officiate these days.

“Their authority is constantly getting diminished, I just don’t know how… I grew up afraid of referees, they’d be like policemen.”

An action packed first half between Spurs and Chelsea saw three goals ruled by VAR and a red card for Cristian Romero.

Post-match press conference: Mikel Arteta (Premier League: Newcastle 1-0 Arsenal)

The second half wasn’t much quieter as Destiny Udogie was also dismissed and Eric Dier saw his fine strike also disallowed.

Spurs had nine men for much of the match but still played a high line, a decision that would ultimately be their demise on the night.

Despite Dejan Kulusevski scoring the opener, a Cole Palmer penalty and hat-trick from Nicolas Jackson saw Chelsea win all three points from a crazy encounter in north London.


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