Huddersfield boss Wagner: ‘Emotion is killed’ by VAR

Date published: Sunday 18th February 2018 11:32

David Wagner has explained why he does not like the VAR system, despite Huddersfield benefitting from its use during the FA Cup clash with Man Utd on Saturday.

Juan Mata netted from an acute angle just before half-time of United’s 2-0 win at the John Smith’s Stadium, only for referee Kevin Friend to eventually chalk the goal off as the narrowest of offsides was revisited.

United midfielder Mata said it was a “very tight” decision, while Jose Mourinho discussed his concerns.

Wagner also revealed why he is not a fan of VAR.

“The emotion was killed,” the Huddersfield boss said.

“I said this immediately to Jose during the incident that, ‘Whatever will now be decided, whether this decision goes in our favour or not, I don’t like this’, and I’ve said this before.

“The emotion is killed, the emotion in the stadium in the stands, for us managers in the dugout. This is why I don’t like this system. Maybe I am too traditional.”

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