Dier baffled by referee as ‘resilient’ Tottenham beat Brighton


ottenham defender Eric Dier was left baffled by referee Graham Scott’s decision not to rule out Brighton‘s equaliser despite an apparent foul in the build-up.

Jose Mourinho called for referee Graham Scott to explain himself after the referee refused to change his original decision and award Spurs a free-kick, despite rewatching the incident on the pitchside monitor at the VAR‘s recommendation.

Spurs collapsed to a 3-1 defeat after an unfavourable VAR call at Sheffield United in July, prompting Mourinho to slam his side’s mentality and say they had to learn to respond to setbacks.

A number of Tottenham players, including Dier, witnessed the replay of the incident on the monitor and the defender said the hosts showed impressive resilience to recover.

“It’s not easy when I can see the screen from the side of the pitch,” Dier told Standard Sport. “It’s not easy to accept that kind of decision. It’s quite clear to everyone [that it was a foul].

“I’m very confused as to why it wasn’t taken back to the foul. I can’t understand any reason why it wasn’t. So in the moment it’s very difficult.

“But I think we reacted really well. We were resilient. We scored pretty quickly afterwards which I think was important because if things go on a bit longer and you don’t get that goal, it can become frustrating. But we scored straight away and then I think we were comfortable in the way we saw out the game.”

VAR Jon Moss awarded Spurs a 13th-minute penalty for a foul on Kane by Adam Lallana but denied Brighton a spot-kick of their own 10 minutes later, when Matt Doherty grappled with Leandro Trossard.

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