Spurs fans furious at ‘joke’ VAR decision to award Brentford contentious penalty

Tottenham Hotspur fans have been left fuming at VAR – as Son Heung-min was deemed to have fouled Mathias Jensen.

Spurs' opening day was full of ups and downs, with kick off being delayed at the Gtech Community Stadium due to 'sanitation issues'. However, Spurs bounced back and took the lead against Brentford, only for Bryan Mbeumo to fire the Bees back from the spot.

And Spurs fans were left furious at the decision, which was originally waved away by the referee. Son appeared to catch Jensen on the ankle, but the contact was minimal and only picked up by VAR.

"Absolute joke of a penalty. VAR is back," one fan fumed. While a second added: "Never a pen.. how he can fall backwards like that and even hold the wrong ankle! Awful officiating!"

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"There should be an apology for this decision and the announcement that the VAR and the ref are removed from Select Group. That’s a disgrace," a third tweeted. While a fourth fumed: "Weak, but give all similar ones to all teams all season & be consistent. Diving will be rife though if this is the standard this season…"

And another added: "That is never a penalty. Just because there is contact, doesn’t mean it’s a penalty!"

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Ahead of the new season, PGMOL announced referee's would be more lenient on physical challenges.

As an attempt to allow the game to flow better and reduce stoppages – referee's have been asked to apply a higher threshold will be applied to "contact" between players.

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