Ronald Koeman blast VAR after El Clasico defeat
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Ronald Koeman blast VAR after El Clasico defeat

Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman blasted the VAR after their 2-1 defeat to arch-rivals Real Madrid on Saturday night.

In a heated match at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium, the point was the penalty given to Real Madrid after a tug on the shirt from Clement Lenglet with Koeman question some of the referees’ decisions.

“I’m just asking for the referee to make decisions right. It was a very clear penalty, I do not know why there is VAR in Spain. Everyone thinks it’s criminal. The added time was only 4 minutes,” Koeman noted.

In the first half, Lionel Messi was not given a foul outside the box, and the move directly led to a goal from Karim Benzema. Soon after, the identical foul was given to Casemiro, which also led to a goal from Toni Kroos.

Barcelona called for two penalties-one on Ousmane Dembele, and later in the game, one on Martin Braithwaite.

“If we lost because of the referee? No, I’m not saying that. I also said that in the first part the level of the team has not been good, we have left spaces. The penalty: the lineman has not seen from 10 meters away. The VAR is there to help in such situations,” Koeman added.

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