Mourinho: VAR Errors Are Not Acceptable

Jose Mourinho criticized the use of VAR in the Merseyside derby action and the clash of Manchester City in the Champions League (UCL) competition with Porto.

Everton drew 2-2 with controversial English Premier League (EPL) champions Liverpool on October 17, including a number of referee decisions against Jurgen Klopp’s squad.

Jordan Pickford escaped punishment after striking Virgil van Dijk at Goodison Park – a move that forced the Liverpool defense to miss the rest of the season, after being in an offside position at the time of the incident.

Liverpool thought they had won in injury, before Jordan Henderson’s attempt was canceled due to Sadio Mane being only slightly offside.

There was also a contentious moment during City’s UCL victory over Porto, when Ilkay Gundogan was seen stepping on the leg of Porto goalkeeper Agustin Marchesin, an offense that gave a penalty for Pep Guardiola’s squad.

“I feel this way because of the existence of VAR. Without VAR, there is a situation on the field that happens and humans, referees, make mistakes,” Mourinho said.

“And you already know me – it’s hard for me to accept human mistakes but I try to learn and at this point, I always accept the referee’s mistakes.

“What is unacceptable is a VAR mistake. So, I feel if the referee [derby Merseyside], 100 miles per hour, the situation has happened, the line guard says offside, everyone will say, ‘Ok, a rough tackle has happened but it did not should be punished ‘.

“But the problem is that the VAR exists. The Porto goalkeeper may have suffered a broken leg.

“If a referee makes a mistake, everyone understands because this game is 100mph but with a VAR, how can that VAR make that mistake? And Pickford’s situation for me is the same. This is a VAR, not a referee.”

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