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Scott Parker slams VAR and accuses chiefs of ‘killing’ excitement in football as Fulham denied point against Spurs

SCOTT PARKER slammed VAR for ‘killing’ the excitement of football after Fulham were denied a precious point against Spurs.

Video checks ruled out Josh Maja’s 63rd minute goal for handball by team-mate Mario Lemina during the build up.

The decision was even more cruel as struggling Fulham were sunk by an own-goal from defender Tosin Adarabioyo in the first half despite a gusty performance.

Fulham boss Parker said: “I understand why the goal was disallowed, but I don’t agree with it.

“We are trying to make the game so pure and sterile, and trying to control every moment.

“What we want is goals and excitement and VAR is killing every bit of that and the raw emotion of the game that we absolutely love. We are going to get to a point where there will be no emotion in the game.

“Tonight was about common sense and we did enough to win the game because we were superb in the second half.

“When I look at some of the decisions this season we have been on the wrong end of them. Newcastle and the penalty against Liverpool springs to mind.

“Maybe there should be more common sense applied. Let the referees referee. They have years of experience.

“We are losing the raw emotion of the game we love. They are trying to control every aspect of the game to a tee.”

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Midfielder Lemina’s arm was in a natural position when it was struck by a clearance from Spurs’ Davinson Sanchez but the handball law meant it was scrubbed because it rebounded to Maja to score.

The incident is the latest controversy to surround VAR and the ongoing battle to convince players and managers that it is the best way forward.

Tottenham claimed a second successive Premier League win for the first time in more than four months thanks to the own goal.

Dele Alli started his first league game since the season opener back in September and was praised for his performance.

Spurs boss Jose Mourinho said: “It was not a gift. It was for his work. For what he has given the team."

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