Why Spurs star was ‘very confused’ in victory over Brighton

Date published: Monday 2nd November 2020 4:35 - Will Ford

Eric Dier admits he was “very confused” when Brighton’s goal was allowed to stand in Tottenham’s 2-1 win on Sunday.

Pierre Emile Hojbjerg was brought down by Solly March on the edge of the Spurs area in the build-up to Brighton’s equaliser, but refereee Graham Scott opted against overuling his original decision after consulting the pitchside monitor.

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Jose Mourinho said he “preferreed not to speak about” the incident after the game, but was clearly baffled by Scott’s decision.

A feeling shared by his players, with Dier voicing their collective bewilderment.

He told the London Evening Standard: “It’s not easy when I can see the screen from the side of the pitch.

“It’s not easy to accept that kind of decision. It’s quite clear to everyone [that it was a foul].

“I’m very confused as to why it wasn’t taken back to the foul. I can’t understand any reason why it wasn’t. So in the moment it’s very difficult.

“But I think we reacted really well. We were resilient. We scored pretty quickly afterwards which I think was important because if things go on a bit longer and you don’t get that goal, it can become frustrating.”


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