”VAR is killing the best league in the world” – says Jose Mourinho

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Jose Mourinho suggests VAR is killing the joy of football following Tottenham appeal of Son Heung-min’s red card in the defeat to Chelsea.

Spurs forward, Son kicking at Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger during their 2-0 loss to the Blues on Sunday led him out of the pitch. 

However, his 62nd-minute dismissal after a VAR review was due to Son’s reaction following a ball challenge with Rudiger. The referee Anthony Taylor initially seeing no offence before the video assistant referee, Paul Tierney overruled it.

According to the Portuguese, VAR should be improving the league games, not harming its beautiful nature. In relation to this, Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola had several complaints about injustice from the new assisting technology. As well as some other top Premier League clubs.

Since its introduction to the football world, players delay jubilation after scoring a goal to wait for VAR’s approval. There were no limitations to what the main referee can decide or, not before VAR. But with its influence, now reducing the ability of the original officials.



In regards to this, Tottenham head coach, Mourinho describes the Premier League as the ”best league in the world”. And impel that the new invention should not destroy the greatness in the league.

“The situation with Son, I think Mr Tierney got it wrong. It’s the wrong call,” Mourinho asserts.

”This is England, the Premier League, the best competition in the world, with characteristics that if we change them we are killing the best league in the world.

“Paul Tierney decides yes and Anthony Taylor, in real time, five metres from the situation, decided no [red card]. So who was refereeing the game? Not Mr Taylor. It was Mr Tierney.

“VAR was supposed to support football, to bring truth to the spectacle. They did that with the penalty decision and they killed the game with Son’s decision.”

Meanwhile, the result from the London derby loss to Frank Lampard’s side slips Tottenham seventh with six-point below the top four.

Mourinho has lost three games since replacing Mauricio Pochettino, two domestic defeat to his former clubs Manchester United and Chelsea. And one loss to Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League but still qualifies to the  competition’s round 16.

Moreover, the popular controversial Mourinho has only one clean sheet for Tottenham in his six Premier League matches since taking charge. The Spurs welcomes Brighton on Boxing day and visits Norwich City next before the New Year.