“I don’t understand VAR, I think it is only used to make decisions against Barca.”
These are the words of Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman after his men suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Real Madrid in Saturday’s El Clasico at Camp Nou.
Koeman, in his first Clasico as Barca coach was not impressed with the referee and video assistant as the Spanish giants, had two penalty appeals turned down in the La Liga match.
The first incident was when star player Lionel Messi went down from a challenge by Raphael Varane in the first half. The second one saw the ball bounce off the arm of Varane in the second stanza.
To make matters worse, neither incident was reviewed by the referee on the pitchside monitor.
Sergio Ramos won a penalty in the second-half following a pitchside VAR review when his shirt was tugged by Barca defender Clement Lenglet.
The Madrid captain found the back of the net from the spot to restore their lead before Luka Modric added the third after Federico Valverde fired Zinedine Zidane’s charges ahead in the fifth minute. Ansu Fati scored the only goal for Barca.
“You always get shirt tugs like that in the area and I think Ramos makes a foul on Lenglet first. There’s a tug of the shirt, but not enough to make him fall behind as he did… For me, it’s not a penalty.”
“We have had five matches and (VAR) has only been used to go against Barca. It’s never gone our way,” Koeman added.
“The decision had a big influence on the final result because we were playing well up to the penalty. We played well, we created chances and it’s difficult to understand how we lost, we didn’t deserve to lose how we did.”
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By FARPost Reporter