Mauricio Pochettino: Chelsea Boss Aims Dig at Referees Over VAR Blunders

Mauricio Pochettino: Chelsea Boss Aims Dig at Referees Over VAR Blunders

Elijah Odetokun
updated at October 9, 2023 at 8:28 AM
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  • English football is dealing with controversies in the wake of the VAR blunder at the Tottenham-Liverpool game
  • Colombian forward, Luis Diaz saw a legitimate goal incorrectly ruled out for offside
  • Chelsea boss, Mauricio Pochettino has shared his thoughts on the ongoing saga

Chelsea boss, Mauricio Pochettino has added his voice to the ongoing saga in English football over the use of video assistant referees, and his comments were directed at the officials.

English football has been rocked by the scandal that ensued after human and technological errors were acknowledged in the Tottenham vs. Liverpool game.

Luis Diaz's legitimate goal was incorrectly ruled out for offside, and the VAR waved it on, a decision that appeared to have influenced the outcome of the game, which Tottenham won 2-1.

Mauricio Pochettino, Chelsea, Fulham, Craven Cottage.
Mauricio Pochettino passing instructions to Chelsea players while the linesman and fourth official look on. Photo by Richard Callis.
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According to BBC Sports, the referee's body, PGMOL, acknowledged significant human error, which required VAR intervention. Still, the officials in charge did not intervene and agreed with the on-pitch decision, thinking it had given a goal.

Pochettino aims dig at English referees

The scandal has seen Liverpool officially petition for a replay of the game, with head coach Jurgen Klopp insisting that alone would settle the incident in which his team received two red cards.

Chelsea boss Pochettino, speaking ahead of his team's trip to Turf Moor to face Burnley, shared his thoughts on the incident, as quoted by Football London.

"It's two different things. I trust in VAR. I trust in the car but not the driver. That is the problem," he said.
"I was very critical from the beginning many years ago. I think it's a good decision to use the technology of whether it is across the line to keep, and if it is offside also, to take time is important."
"Human mistakes can happen. When the referee makes some mistakes, we can all accept it because that can happen. But when using technology, it is difficult to complain… For me, it is about simplifying the situation," he added.

The Blues have not won back-to-back games since March and will hope to get the better of newly promoted side Burnley after beating London neighbours Fulham 2-0 in their last game.

Klopp wants Tottenham-Liverpool replayed

Sports Brief reported that Jurgen Klopp wants a replay of the controversial Tottenham vs. Liverpool game after PGMOL admitted to a human error in wrongly disallowing Luis Diaz's goal.

To make matters worse, the body also confirmed that Diogo Jota should not have been sent off for two bookable offences in 22 seconds, which made Liverpool end the game with nine men after Curtis Jones was earlier sent off.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.