Tottenham manager Antonio Conte was sent off in in the final moments of his side’s 1-1 draw with Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League after Harry Kane had a late winner ruled out by VAR.
Tottenham had been under the cosh for most of the fixture, with former Spurs star Marcus Edwards opening the scoring for the away side halfway through the first half. Rodrigo Bentancur had equalised with a header from a corner in the 80th minute and the Lilywhites had passed up multiple opportunities before Kane thought he had nabbed the winner with the last kick of the game.
The stadium completely erupted as Spurs supporters felt they had won the game in the most dramatic way possible. However, a VAR check ensued with officials deliberating for a longer time than usual over the decision.
Eventually, they came to the conclusion that Kane was offside from Emerson Royal’s header back across the box, despite the ball coming off a Sporting player before it landed at the feet of the England captain.
Conte was unable to maintain his composure and charged onto the pitch to query the decision, receiving a straight red card for his angry outburst.
The decision was slammed by those in the BT Sport studio, who were particularly scathing on the length of time it took to come to a decision.
“It’s baffling because you’re going to absolute minute fractions,” Glenn Hoddle said. “They’re in a game that’s played hectically and quick. If it’s clear and obvious and you go, yeah, fair enough but having goals like that.
“People in the stadium are not going to come to the stadium anymore. But one thing about football is you want to celebrate. Fans want to celebrate a goal but nowadays goals are going to go in and players aren’t going to want to celebrate.
“People won’t come to the stadium. They’ll watch it more on television. It is taking it out of the game, it is exhausting. It is taken the exhilaration out of the game and it is not just Tottenham tonight, it will happen again in the future.”