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‘If I was Pukki I would be puking’ - Lineker backs Canaries over Tottenham VAR controversy

Teemu Pukki put the ball in the back of the net, but it was chalked off by the VAR officials for offside. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Teemu Pukki put the ball in the back of the net, but it was chalked off by the VAR officials for offside. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Gary Lineker and the Match of the Day panel insisted Teemu Pukki’s VAR-disallowed strike should have stood in Norwich City’s 2-2 Premier League draw against Tottenham.

Pukki was adjudged to have strayed offside before controlling Mario Vrancic's pass and slotting past Paulo Gazzaniga in the first half of Saturday's tussle at Carrow Road.

City fans voiced their disapproval, with a banner also unfurled in the Lower Barclay highly critical of the new Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system rolled out in the Premier League for the first time this season.

Head coach Daniel Farke felt the latest over-rule against his team continued a depressing trend, and that view was endorsed by Match of the Day host Lineker and pundits Jermaine Jenas and Danny Murphy.

"If I was Pukki I would be puking," said Lineker. "How this can be turned around I don't know. They claim consistency, they claim the technology but the technology is obviously not watertight. You can see it is level. Why has level now changed to become about fractions of inches that are not discernible? Offsides you should need just one look. That's offside."

Lineker asked the duo if they would get rid of VAR in its current form.

"It is essentially ruining the game," said former Tottenham midfielder Jenas. "For something that was brought in to improve it fans are not enjoying what is happening, players are not celebrating. It is not improving things.

"I hope they are not stubborn enough to realise they have to change this rule within the game. They need to bring in something that creates a bit more leniency so situations like that offside call do not happen anymore."

"I have said that all along. Too many mistakes, it was brought in to detect clear and obvious mistakes. That is not a clear and obvious mistake," added Murphy, who felt City were good value for a point. "Norwich played well. But you know when you go there they will be on the front foot, they will press you and play with a lot of energy. With the fans behind them.

"You have to understand the opposition and this Norwich side is young and full of legs. Tottenham did get better in the second half but one clean sheet away in the whole of 2018/19 is not a Jose Mourinho team and I expect that will change soon, particularly with a window or two.

"They can't keep defending like that and get in the top four."


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