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Kompany sticks up for failing VAR

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Burnley boss Vincent Kompany insisted not everything is wrong with VAR after another controversial weekend in the Premier League.

VAR’s failure to award a Luis Diaz goal for Liverpool at Tottenham – the Colombia winger adjudged to have been offside when replays showed clearly that was not the case – prompted refereeing body PGMOL to issue an apology on Saturday evening.

That wasn’t enough to placate Liverpool, who described the situation as “unacceptable”, but Kompany hailed the authorities for their willingness to admit mistakes in a transparent way.

Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s clash with Luton, he said: “We have had the same situation with VAR this season – when you are on the wrong end of it it really hurts. But I still think the approach of being open about these things [is right].

“I want to discuss the other side of it. Every single time in this country [a mistake happens with match officials] you get an extensive report about why they made a decision. People are very open with it, they are admitting to mistakes and apologising for it.

“I think that is the right way to go about it.

“From my side I prefer to talk about us making it the best we can and getting it right, understanding what we need for football, rather than point out individuals and make it about them.

“They are doing the best they can but obviously we make mistakes.”

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

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