VAR controversy hands Leeds United early advantage in relegation decider

Leeds United's relegation rivals Burnley were defeated by Tottenham Hotspur in Sunday afternoon's lunchtime kick-off

By Joe Donnohue
Sunday, 15th May 2022, 2:22 pm
Updated Sunday, 15th May 2022, 2:25 pm
VAR: Referee Kevin Friend consults the pitchside monitor (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)
VAR: Referee Kevin Friend consults the pitchside monitor (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

Leeds United were handed a lifeline on Sunday lunchtime as Burnley were defeated 1-0 by Tottenham Hotspur.

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Harry Kane's penalty on the stroke of half-time was enough to seal all three points for Champions League-chasing Spurs.

The award of Kane's penalty was a contentious decision and needed to be referred to the Video Assistant Referee after a handball was spotted inside the Burnley penalty area.

Ashley Barnes was deemed to have handled the ball as it brushed past his outstretched arm, and referee Kevin Friend - after consulting the pitchside monitor - pointed to the spot.

Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope was in inspired form at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, but was left rooted to the spot as Kane's spot-kick was converted.

The officials' decision sparked fierce remonstrations from the Burnley coaching staff, which spilled over into the tunnel as the two sides retreated back to the dressing rooms at the break.

It leaves Burnley with two games remaining, only ahead of Leeds in the Premier League table on goal difference.