Jose Mourinho has hit out at the circumstances that led to Man City’s penalty against Spurs.
With the scores goalless, Ilkay Gundogan was fouled by Pierre-Emile Hojberg midway through the first half to allow Rodri the chance to score from the penalty spot and give City the lead.
Mourinho felt the spot-kick decision was soft but admitted that, due to the fact there was contact in the tackle, VAR could not overturn the referee.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the Spurs boss described it as ‘a modern penalty’.
He said: “The modern penalty is when even if you touch with the nail inside of the box, it can be a penalty.
“Of course, it depends on the opponent, it depends on the team, but for some, if you touch with the nail then it’s a penalty.
“Then you go to the VAR and the VAR cannot deny that there was a touch, sometimes with the toe, sometimes with a nail, sometimes with a nose, you cannot deny there was contact so that’s what I call a modern penalty.”
In a further interview on beIN Sports, Mourinho elaborated on the incident and claimed some teams are more willing to go down than others due to VAR.
He also argued that football had lost its bravery due to VAR.
“The referee was very happy to give a penalty, it was so easy for him to give a penalty.
“Then the VAR can’t say there wasn’t contact because there was minimal contact.
“When football was for brave people, it wasn’t a penalty, but now with modernity, it’s a penalty.
“That changed the game of course.”