The Video Assistant Referee played a big role in Tottenham’s away draw to Southampton at St. Mary’s.
An incorrect offside decision to rule out Harry Kane’s second goal of the day saw Spurs earn one disappointing point against the Saints, who played with 10 men for over 50 minutes of the game.
Despite the controversial draw, Antonio Conte made history by becoming the first manager in Club’s history to go undefeated in his first seven league games.
Story of the game
James Ward-Prowse half-volley put Southampton into the lead but just a few minutes later Spurs would find the equalizer thanks to Kane's penalty.
The penalty came following a Mohammed Salisu foul on Heung-min Son as he ran into the box on to a Harry Winks' pass.
The Saints defender saw a second yellow card and exited the game leaving his team with only 10 men.
Salisu had already picked up a yellow card for a foul on Emerson Royal earlier in the game.
Early in the second half, Kane's second goal of the game was ruled out by VAR despite being in line with the last defender.
The goal is disallowed for offside following a review by VAR.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 28, 2021
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Conte's statement on VAR
''Yeah, I think Harry (Kane) scored twice, one a penalty and then the second goal. I think that I don't want to comment on the referee decision or the VAR decision,'' the Italian manager said.
''They are there to try to do their best. We hope every time that they make the best decision.
Never in doubt. 😎 pic.twitter.com/RwDbgvCMoj— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 28, 2021
For sure it was an opportunity that we missed. When you have this type of situation you have to try to exploit, to try to get three points.''