Ange Postecoglou delivers sarcastic verdict on costly VAR call as Tottenham fall to defeat
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Ange Postecoglou delivers sarcastic verdict on costly VAR call as Tottenham fall to defeat

Dec 29, 2023

Ange Postecoglou delivered a somewhat sassy verdict on VAR’s role in their 4-2 defeat to Brighton.

Tottenham went behind to Jack Hinshelwood’s early goal, before the Seagulls made it 2-0 from the penalty spot.

Postecoglou didn't seem impressed with the VAR officials

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Postecoglou didn’t seem impressed with the VAR officialsCredit: Getty

The spot kick was awarded when Dejan Kulusevski prevented Danny Welbeck from pulling the trigger by tugging his shirt and bringing him down.

After a lengthy VAR stoppage, Joao Pedro stepped up and converted to make it 2-0, a decision that the Spurs boss didn’t seem too happy with.

Asked about the first penalty, Postecoglou said: “It was obviously clear and obvious because it only took him three minutes to see it on the screen and VAR picked up everything today except the one tackle which nearly cost me another player.

“So that’s their decisions.”

Kulusevski clearly pulled down Welbeck but VAR took an age to award the penalty

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Kulusevski clearly pulled down Welbeck but VAR took an age to award the penaltyCredit: Premier League

Pervis Estupinan then made it 3-0 to Brighton with a stunning long-distance effort before Pedro converted another penalty to make it four.

Spurs did show signs of fight in the closing stages with Alejo Veliz and Ben Davies scoring late on, but it was a fixture that belonged to Brighton and Roberto De Zerbi.

The result means Spurs miss the chance to go back into the top four, while De Zerbi’s men are up to eighth.

It was a night to forget for the slack Spurs

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It was a night to forget for the slack SpursCredit: Getty


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