Jose Mourinho has slammed VAR Michael Oliver’s decision not to award Tottenham a penalty in their goalless draw against Bournemouth, saying the official was the Man of the Match.
Spurs’ hopes of playing in Europe next season were dealt another blow after a lifeless display at the Vitality Stadium on Thursday evening, with the visitors not even mustering a single shot on target.
However, they should have been awarded a penalty early in the game when Harry Kane was clearly bundled over by Josh King inside the box, though Oliver did not overturn the on-field decision.
Just a few days ago, Spurs had a goal controversially and harshly ruled out for handball against Sheffield United, with Oliver – who takes charge of the north London derby on Sunday – once again the VAR, and Mourinho took aim at the referee after his latest decision.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Mourinho said: ‘I’m not saying that Harry Kane scores 100% of his penalties but I think his penalty efficiency rate is very, very high, so normally at minute five we would be winning 1-0 against a team physiologically in trouble.
‘I think the game would probably be completely different. So like against Sheffield United, the Man of the Match was not one of the players. But against Sheffield I had lots of my hands to blame myself and to blame my players, today I cannot do that.
‘The game has the most important moment, you know when, you know who and I don’t want to say anything more in relation to that because everybody knows and I don’t need to say much more in relation to that. Everybody knows. There is nothing to do in relation to that.’
Asked to clarify who he was referring to, Mourinho continued: ‘The same referee who was the VAR against Sheffield United.’
Asked if he felt it should have been a penalty, Mourinho replied: ‘You don’t? Your opinion matters. You have the microphone, what you say matters.
‘It’s not only my [opinion]. It is the view of everybody. I think in the world everybody knows that is a penalty. Everybody. And when I say everybody, I say EVERYbody. Everybody.’
He also aimed a little dig at Bournemouth, adding: ‘I was a bit surprised because I thought they wanted to win the game, it surprised me that they just wanted a point. But maybe they’ve done their maths and they think a point gives them a chance.’
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