Mourinho wants referees to have final say on VAR calls

LONDON (AFP) – Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho reiterated his call for major changes to the use of video assistant referee (VAR) in the Premier League after a video of him berating the fourth official in a 2-0 victory over Manchester City went viral.

Mourinho and his assistant Joao Sacramento charged towards the fourth official after Raheem Sterling was not shown a second yellow card for what they believed was a dive trying to win City a second penalty last Sunday immediately after Ilkay Gundogan’s spot-kick was saved.

Mourinho was also unhappy at the award of City’s original penalty by VAR and the decision not to change Sterling’s yellow card to a red for his challenge on Dele Alli.

“My reaction was just based on I could watch everything on the screen. So I watch the Dele situation, the penalty, the pretending penalty. I watch everything so that creates emotions,” Mourinho said on Tuesday.

“I went viral for the wrong reasons but that’s the way it is.”

In contrast to other Europan leagues, referees have been advised not to use pitchside monitors to review their own decisions and are instead overruled by an official watching the game at the league’s VAR hub in London.

A survey released by YouGov on Tuesday showed that 67 per cent of Premier League fans believe VAR has made football less enjoyable, while supporters are also in favour of the referee using the pitchside monitors.

“If the referees are not allowed to go to the screen and take the big decisions of the game, they have to change the name of the VAR and call it VR – video referee,” said Mourinho.

“In this moment, the referees that are on the pitch are not making the most important decisions of the game.

“Give the referee the command and give him the possibility of going to the screen for the big decisions or change the name to VR. I don’t accept the mistakes by the video referee.”

Mourinho is hopeful Alli can shrug off the ankle injury he suffered from Sterling’s challenge to face Southampton in an FA Cup fourth-round replay.

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho reacts during the English Premier League against Norwich City. PHOTO: AP