Jose Mourinho has expressed fears that VAR will destroy the beautiful game of football after he watched Tottenham lose 3-1 against Sheffield United amid some controversial decisions.

VAR referee Michael Oliver spotted a slight handball by Lucas Moura after Harry Kane cancelled out Sander Berge’s opener for the home side and that left Mourinho fuming in his technical area. Lys Mousset and Oli McBurnie added two second half goals before Kane’s consolation to end the match at 3-1.

“I cannot say anything because I’d be in trouble with the institutions and I want to protect myself and my club so I can’t be open as I’d like to be,” Mourinho said after the match. “Now, I can only say that normally I’m a professional guy on the bench in these moments, I never complain at the guy with the whistle because it’s not the referee any more.

“I used to go the fourth official but the man on the pitch is the assistant referee. Today the man and the lady with the flags are the assistant of the assistant referee. This is the start of everything. I think the referee should always be the man on the pitch and the people in the office should just support and assist.

“That’s not the way it is. The referee who is not very good on the pitch, we cannot expect that he’s good in the office. We’re going in a direction that’s really bad for the beautiful game, the game that everybody fell in love with.”

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