Sheffield United’s John Fleck appeared on Tottenham’s Giovani Lo Celso on Sunday but managed to escape the VAR penalty.
As the pair clashed for ball moments in the second half at White Hart Lane, the Spurs man fell to the ground.
Midfielder Blades then left his right hand on the Argentine face, which was left screaming in pain.
Replays showed that Fleck held Lo Celso in the head with the boot. Depending on the team you support, it was either completely accidental or very bad.
The VAR reviewed it, but decided it wasn’t intentional and – amazingly – there were no after-effects for Fleck.
To add fuel to the fire, VAR dismissed an effort by Son Heung-min to resist.
Spurs won the 4-0 match against the already downgraded Blades. Gareth Bale scored a hat-trick and Son added a late fourth.
— Last Word On Spurs🎙 (@LastWordOnSpurs) May 2, 2021
well done VAR officials. You can tell when someone is offside by 4mm, but not when John Fleck deliberately stamps on another player's face.#TOTSHU
— Jon Barbuti (@jonbarbuti) May 2, 2021
That's a red card. Obvious stamp from Fleck on Lo Celso's head. Disgusting challenge.
— The Spurs Web ⚪️ (@thespursweb) May 2, 2021
Son is 0.5 millimeters offside: VAR says no goal. Fleck stamps on Lo Celso's head VAR says carry on chap, it's all good! #TOTSHU
— Jake Eadon (@Eadonj) May 2, 2021
Meanwhile, VAR has competed more negatively from Tottenham rivals Arsenal than any other Premier League team this season.
ESPN FC’s Dale Johnson did a thorough review of this season’s top-flight VAR stats revealing that only two goals have been overturned so far in favor of the Gunners, the lowest of all.
Arsenal are also second in the standings in overturning opposition decisions.
Nine times the Gunners have seen a decision overturned in their favor, second only to Liverpool.