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Conte slams VAR and claims English referees ‘have to learn’ to use it

The referee pointed to the spot early on in the match as Harry Kane’s header was blocked by Aaron Cresswell, who seemingly used an outstretched arm.

A VAR review followed, taking more than four minutes before the referee eventually went over to the pitchside monitor and overturned his decision, with it decided the ball had bounced onto Cresswell’s arm.

Spurs took the lead despite that setback, as Thilo Kehrer turned the ball into his own net from Harry Kane’s low cross, but Tomas Soucek’s second-half equaliser left the visitors leaving east London with just a point.

Conte was visibly frustrated when Tottenham did not get the early penalty and he was similarly unimpressed when reflecting on the incident after the match.

“Honestly, at the end of the first half, I spoke with the referee and told him ‘you have taken the right decision’,” Conte said.

“It is incredible that VAR looked again, called the referee, he can see it was the right decision and the call from VAR was strange. I can tell only that the referee has taken the right decision. Usually the VAR calls when the call is not right.

“In England they have to learn much more to use the VAR in the right way. You have to study very well and be more accurate. If there is VAR, you have to utilise it in the right way or accept the decision of the referee.

“If you have a TV then you have time to see. It is difficult not only for me but every coach.”

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