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.
Koeman se va a buscar a Gil Manzano para pedirle explicaciones por su arbitraje pic.twitter.com/eyEaZJo7eu— Antonio Romero (@aromeroser) April 10, 2021