Those people that are desperate to see VAR introduced into football on a permanent basis must have been rubbing their hands watching Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Spurs.
There were plenty of controversial talking points – plenty of them surrounded Harry Kane winning a penalty in the 85th-minute.
Was Kane offside when he received the ball? Did Kane dive over the hand of Loris Karius? Why did referee Jon Moss and his assistant have a conversation for a few minutes before eventually decided to give the penalty?
Then there was the slightly less controversial award of Spurs’ second penalty in the 95th-minute after Virgil van Dijk accidentally kicked Erik Lamela. Moss initially waved away the penalty before his assistant flagged and a spot-kick was eventually awarded.
But there were some decisions during the game that weren’t controversial at all.
We’re mainly talking about Dele Alli’s shocking dive as he went past Dejan Lovren in the second-half – something that earned him a yellow card.
The England international was deservedly criticised for his behaviour but his manager Mauricio Pochettino has come out to defend him in a rather surprising interview.
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POCHETTINO’S VIEW ON DIVING
The Argentine manager believes that everyone talking about “minimal issues” like diving is killing the game.
“The problem now is that we are so sensitive about the situation, and then we are so focused on Dele Alli,” he told the Independent.
“It’s too much sometimes. There is such a focus on this type of situation. I think it’s a minimal issue. Football is about trying to trick your opponent – yes or no?
“I am worried that maybe we are going to kill the game. We love this game. Referees are humans too, and sometimes they are right, sometimes they are not right. In 10 months, over the whole season, sometimes it is against you, sometimes it is for you. For me, I like this type of football.”
So it seems Pochettino doesn’t really mind his players diving and thinks the bigger issue is everyone talking about players diving.
It’s certainly a strange theory.
And it’s one that caused uproar amongst football fans.