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Pochettino will not judge Sarri for criticising Chelsea players

Pochettino will not judge Sarri for criticising Chelsea players

The Premier League should delay the introduction of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) until they iron out the flaws that delay refereeing decisions and "annoy" fans at the stadium, Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has said.

The VAR reviews decisions made by referees with the use of video footage and a headset for communication.

Pochettino has bad memories of last season's FA Cup fifth-round replay against Rochdale at a snowy Wembley, when Spurs had a goal disallowed and then a penalty awarded, both by VAR, in the first half alone. It is also used in Italy and Germany's top divisions.

VAR, which was used in the World Cup past year and is use in major leagues across Europe, is set to be used in the English top flight next season after clubs agreed in principle to introduce the technology. It will also be used in the Champions League from next month. "If you compare to Spain or Italy, the ball is in play more in England".

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"How the Premier League is today is fantastic, and goal-line technology is the best". Whether you get the benefit or not, it's so odd. The emotion is not going to be there, the feelings and the tension.

"Maybe technically it's a handball, but in football we know very well when it's not intentional and only the referee can see that, or the players that are around. On the video, you can not perceive that".

"I am telling the people responsible that we need information [on why and when VAR should be used] because if we don't know, it is going to be a big problem".

Writing in his column for BetVictor, Owen said: "Spurs have won their last three games against rivals Chelsea, but I expect the Blues to bounce back after their disappointing reverse at the Emirates on Saturday evening - although Arsenal were outstanding on the night and thoroughly deserved the three points". "That's the risky things that I think are going to come here with VAR".

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