Southampton boss Hasenhuttl rages at ‘joke’ VAR failure as Tanganga handball not checked in draw with Spurs

By | 25th January 2020

RALPH HASENHUTTL fumed at the “joke” VAR failure which ruined the winter break for Southampton.

The Saints boss was livid Spurs defender Japhet Tanganga’s “clear handball” in the penalty area was not checked by video ref Jonathan Moss.

Ralph Hasenhuttl raged at VAR after a Tanganga handball was not checked

It cost his side a possible FA Cup fourth-round win, with a replay forcing players and staff to cancel holidays in the sun.

Hasenhuttl stormed: “If they didn’t check then it’s a disaster, because that’s what VAR is for.

“It’s a clear handball. We are playing at a Premier League ground so we have VAR. It’s not perfect for the competition that it’s not at every game.

“But if you have it and you don’t use it, it’s a joke.”

Sofiane Boufal’s late equaliser means the two sides will meet again a week on Wednesday.

Hasenhuttl said: “The game deserved to have a winner and a loser today.

“I would like to have extra-time and a penalty shootout. That’s what a Cup game is about.

“It’s a pity because we now have a replay in our winter break. That doesn’t make sense.”

Spurs boss Jose Mourinho said: “It is a result that keeps us alive.

“It will affect the winter break, it’s one more match we have to play.

“We prefer to play again than be out.”

Hasenhuttl was livid Japhet Tanganga’s ‘clear handball’ in the penalty area was not checked by video ref Jonathan Moss
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