VAR proves costly in Spurs’ bid for Europe

Evening Times - - FOOTBALL - STEVE NAILOR

BOURNEMOUT­H 0 SPURS 0

TOT­TEN­HAM will again have com­plaints with VAR af­ter they were de­nied a clear penalty in a 0-0 draw at Bournemout­h which does noth­ing for ei­ther side’s am­bi­tions this sea­son.

Af­ter see­ing a Lu­cas Moura goal ruled out by VAR of­fi­cial Michael Oliver in last week’s loss at Sheffield United, Oliver was again the man who ruled that Harry Kane had not been pushed early in the game.

Spurs put in a be­low-par per­for­mance that hurts their Europa League hopes, fail­ing to have a shot on tar­get in the en­tire match, and the fate of their sea­son and whether they can qual­ify for Europe now clearly hinge on Sun­day’s north Lon­don derby.

Bournemout­h, who lost Adam Smith to a nasty head in­jury, ended a run of four suc­ces­sive de­feats since the restart and they could have taken the three points, but Cal­lum Wil­son’s goal was ruled out by Oliver af­ter Josh King han­dled.

They re­main three points from safety and face a real fight to re­tain their Premier League sta­tus.

It is al­ready well known that Jose Mour­inho is not Oliver’s big­gest fan, with a sly dig made in the af­ter­math of last week’s match, so the Por­tuguese may not have been to­tally en­thused that the same of­fi­cial was back on duty at Stock­ley Park.

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