VAR causes controversy again as Spurs host Rochdale in FA Cup


Tottenham Hotspur's FA Cup replay with Rochdale was mired in controversy as VAR ruled out an early Spurs goal and overturned a penalty.

Erik Lamela had the ball in the net early in the match, but saw his goal chalked off as referee Paul Tierney went to the video assistant who cited a foul from Fernando Llorente in the build-up.

Heung-Min Son put Spurs ahead after 24 minutes and had the chance to double the lead shortly after when VAR gave the hosts a penalty, but another controversial decision saw his stuttered spot kick deemed unlawful.

Son put the ball beyond Dale goalkeeper Josh Lillis, but stopped during the run-up, and with players encroaching into the area before the ball was kicked, Tierney overuled the goal once more.

Rochdale levelled the tie just three minutes later through Stephen Humphrys, but many fans and pundits felt that Spurs deserved to be three goals clear if it were not for VAR's impact.

This is just the latest in a series of controversies surrounding VAR, which has been widely panned in England and elsewhere.

Just this week, UEFA confirmed that it would not be used in the Champions League next season, with European football's governing body deeming it unready for use.