‘UCL Officiating Is An Absolute Joke!’
‘UEFA Champions League Officiating Is An Absolute Joke!’
Roma president James Pallotta hit out at the officiating in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final against Liverpool on Wednesday, after his side crashed out on a 7-6 aggregate.
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Although the Serie A side won the game 4-2 on the night, it was not enough to see them qualify for the final that will take place in the Ukrainian city of Kyiv on 26 May.
Pallotta believes there were a number of decisions that went against his side, and called upon the European football governing body to introduce VAR as soon as possible.
"It's absolutely clear that VAR is needed in the Champions League because you just can't let stuff like this go," he said, according to FourFourTwo.
"You can all look at it yourself on the film. (Edin Dzeko) potentially in the 49th minute wasn't offside and he got taken down by the goalie.
"The 63rd minute was a handball (by Trent Alexander-Arnold) that was obvious to everybody in probably the world, expect the few people on the pitch. The 67th minute, (Patrik) Schick gets taken down in the box."
"By the way, it should have been a red card, which would have been 10 men in the 63rd minute," Pallotta said, referring to Alexander-Arnold being in the area at the time of the handball.
"Again, Liverpool's a great team -- congratulations going forward -- but if we don't get VAR in the Champions League, stuff like this is an absolute joke."
English side Liverpool will now face the reigning Champions League holders Real Madrid in the final of the competition.
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