Date: 3rd July 2020 at 7:25am
Written by: Mick Peters

Tottenham Hotspur’s chances of playing in Europe have diminished considerably after they were well-beaten by Sheffield United on Thursday evening.

It means the Blades leapfrog Spurs into seventh, pushing them seven points adrift of the top five in the Premier League.

The home side bagged against the run of play and never looked back but the game was arguably marred by a moment of controversy.

Seconds after the opener, Harry Kane had the ball in the net, which would have put the tie at all-square but after a VAR review from Michael Oliver, the goal was disallowed because of a handball from Lucas Moura.

Was VAR right to rule Kane's goal out?

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It appeared to have hit the Brazilian on the back more than any part of his arm nor did he have much control over his actions as he was bundled to the floor.

The letter of the law says it should be denied, but it was an absolutely shocking decision, summed up by former Spurs striker-turned-pundit Gary Lineker on Twitter.

He said:

And it’s quite hard to disagree.

At half-time, Sky Sports’ Jamie Redknapp implored the match officials to start using common sense as there really was nothing the £28.8m-rated star could do about it.

It’s a bold claim from Lineker but it’s the right one. Something has to be done, whether that’s a change to the rules or a change to VAR remains to be seen.

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'When he scored the goal the game finished for him. After that I needed 11 players for my defensive organisation and I had just 10.'

That’s not to say the game going to 1-1 would’ve had a major bearing on the result, Spurs were poor all-round, but it certainly would’ve made things a bit more interesting.

Jose Mourinho is going to have to pull something out of the bag to reach Europe.

 
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4 Replies to “Gary Lineker delivers bold three-word verdict after Spurs’ defeat to Sheffield United”

  • Stop blaming refs,, VAR, 4 seasons under Poch top 4finishes above Arsenal now lucky if we finish 9th, you can only put the blame on one man, stick with this manager were doomed, Mourinho only as good as the cheque book is large and regularly opened, which under Levy it will never be, he has to go,, Poch still out there bring him back, we’re going nowhere fast, Kane will go, Alli too, probably Son 😩😭

  • If the ball is illegally deflected towards another player then the game should stop right there. This has happened several times this season to smaller clubs and United have suffered more than most, but they are not a big club so no-one bothers until it happens to a big six team. Why ?

  • Brett, you are right. Jose is a disaster. The football has been boring,defensive, clueless and Jose is in charge. Levy made a panic appointment which is turning out to be a huge mistake. Jose is yesterday’s man…dull, boring and moody.He has to go now…he will be sacked by Levy at some stage. At least the mean, miser Levy is good at sacking. Get rid. Jose is not a Spurs man. Poch was.

  • Jose must go he is just a puppet no input on the game just sits and watches he should buy a ticket if he wants to watch a game times up Levy do the right thing for once

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