'Scandal': Richard Keys fuming over news involving Tottenham ahead of tonight's match
Richard Keys has described the way Tottenham Hotspur were treated in the Champions League last week as a “scandal”.
Last week, Tottenham took on Sporting CP and, with the game at 1-1, Harry Kane netted in the 95th minute.
Spurs would’ve secured qualification and top spot in the group, only for VAR to rule the goal out for offside.
Tottenham celebrated Kane’s effort, but then had to wait for four minutes, before their joy turned to outrage.
In the aftermath, Conte was sent off, ruling him out of tonight’s crucial clash against Marseille.
The Spurs manager will not only be banned from sitting in the dugout but also from the dressing room before, during and after the game.
‘It’s a restraint of trade’
On the subject of Tottenham, Keys began by criticising Conte for keeping Spurs in a “straitjacket” early on against Bournemouth.
Moving on to tonight’s match, the pundit said he had sympathy for the Spurs boss, before criticising VAR and the authorities.
“Spurs were terrific at Bournemouth after they’d done 2-down,” began Keys.
“Why can’t we see more of that? They’ve got good players as well.
“Why are they always kept in a straight jacket by Conte? There’s a time and a place of course, but not always.
“And I’ve nothing but sympathy for Spurs after the way they were treated in the CL.
“It was a scandal that they thought they’d qualified for the group stages – only to be told after a five minute delay that they hadn’t.
“The decision was wrong – proving that VAR isn’t fool proof. The ball was nodded backwards – away from Kane.
“It ended up with him because a defender deflected it. The goal should’ve stood.
“Of course Conte was going to lose control and as a result he’s banned missing arguably the biggest match in Tottenham’s season.
“That isn’t right either. It’s a restraint of trade. How can the authorities stop him from doing his job?
“I’m no fan of touch line bans in the modern world. What’s the point?
“Communications are so good now that Spurs will come up with a solution of sorts – but they shouldn’t have to.
“Fine Conte – and Klopp for his outrageous behaviour the week before – and send them out to do some kind of footballing community service. And donate the fine to charity.”