‘I want to be a fair loser’: Belgium coach Tedesco refuses to blame VAR for defeat

Lukaku leveller ruled out for handball in loss to SlovakiaTedesco: ‘If we won, I could probably say a little more’

Belgium’s manager, Domenico Tedesco, refused to blame VAR for his team’s shock defeat to Slovakia, despite having two goals ruled out by the video refereeing technology.

Romelu Lukaku was denied on both occasions in the 1-0 loss, the second especially controversial with a cricket-style “snickometer” used to determine whether Loïs Openda had handled the ball in the buildup. Tedesco, who experienced his first defeat in 15 matches as the Red Devils coach at the Frankfurt Arena, said he was upset by the result but wanted to be a “fair loser” in assessing how Slovakia had achieved the win which shook up Group E.

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