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‘UCL Officiating Is An Absolute Joke!’

‘UEFA Champions League Officiating Is An Absolute Joke!’

By Keegan Kruger - May 03, 2018 08:34 AM @KeeganKruger

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.

Click through the gallery to see pictures of Roma’s 4-2 victory over Liverpool on Wednesday night. 

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."

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English side Liverpool will now face the reigning Champions League holders Real Madrid in the final of the competition.

What is your take on the officiating during this year's tournament? Have your say in the comments section below.


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Matayitayi Joined: 24 Jan 2014
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Matayitayi May 04, 2018 11:04 AM
Real madrid benefitted from refs big time
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Prayer@k4l May 03, 2018 08:07 PM
Barca vs PSG...I will never forget that game
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Thobz10 Joined: 12 Feb 2016
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Thobz10 May 03, 2018 07:27 PM
Everyone except Real Madrid fans agrees that the refereeing has been poor for some time. I can help but wonder why
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Lusapho Makhubalo Joined: 03 Oct 2016
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Lusapho Makhubalo May 03, 2018 04:36 PM
Var is indeed needed
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Soni_JX May 03, 2018 12:21 PM
Another whinning looser......As for ball to hand, please Mr......its all about intention not just the ball touching the hand. You were given 2 soft penalties (ball to hand) and you are still yapping. These s.t.u.i.p Italians are just boring.....more or less like another forever whinning SECOND FIDDLE BUNCH worshiping a certain drug cloned short "god" who is a seasoned tax frauder.
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Chicharito07 May 03, 2018 12:19 PM
UCL officiating has been poor for some time, VAR is really needed cos middlemen are also human beings so they bound to make mistakes just that their faults cause hella lot of damage both mentally & emotionally.
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Piratesfan May 03, 2018 11:56 AM
What about the defender who hacked mane from behind ?
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Piratesfan May 03, 2018 11:52 AM
What about the 2 soft penalties Roma received in both legs? Roma were no match for a weak liverpool. Accept liverpool were a better side.
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magents02 May 03, 2018 11:20 AM
Something need to be done quickly.Save our football, every where we cry about referees and nothing is done to punish them, people are loosing their jobs because of the middlemen but nothing is happening
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Zeksrad Joined: 20 Jan 2018
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Zeksrad May 03, 2018 11:07 AM
@So-Mathabo-KBY very true.
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Zeksrad May 03, 2018 11:05 AM
@alizebucs1986 These are valid football facts not lame excuses. If defender blocked a goalbound shot using his hand should be penalty and redcard.Dzeko wasnt offside,in tge box,tripped by the keeper before an empty net,what is that? Real Madrid got a last second controversial penalty when the score was tied 3-3 with Juventus.Real scored 3 goals away and also conceded 3 at home,needed a howler by Bayern gk letting the ball trickled pass his legs for Benzema to score,so there is nothing special about them as well.
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kdowns May 03, 2018 11:03 AM
Kahle kahle Liverpool won the chimpanzee way.... I mean via brown envelope.
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Zeksrad May 03, 2018 10:58 AM
I also belive Pallota has a point.There was an incident where Roma's goal bound shot was blocked by Liverpool defender using his hand. Referee believed it wasnt intentional but it was goal bound and the hand was stretched as the defender stretched the hand deliberately as he realized he couldnt clear the ball by his feet. That could have been a penalty and red card.There was also a ferocious two footed tackle from behind on Mane but the culprit only got away with a yellow.
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alizebucs1986 May 03, 2018 10:39 AM
We wil deal with Liverpool in the Final,the King Cr7 wil be the lone player to have Won it 5 Times..nd the only Player to Score in each nd every final he has played in,he saved his energy against Bayern to make history in the Final..#Team CR7
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Flipping lyf May 03, 2018 10:38 AM
Accept defeat with dignity liverpool won the tie in first leg stop those lame excuse wena homu
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Nick#10 May 03, 2018 10:37 AM
U are late this has been going on for years now even CAF is better
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Skhindisemfene May 03, 2018 10:27 AM
Useless Coach
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KK-kELLS Joined: 20 Mar 2018
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KK-kELLS May 03, 2018 10:18 AM
Something is obviously not right here....the FBI should investigate....not FIFA or UEFA as they are both corrupt n corrupted.
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Thobz10 Joined: 12 Feb 2016
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Thobz10 May 03, 2018 10:16 AM
Ive been saying this for years now. Simple decisions that can change the entire complexion of the game are not spotted. VAR is needed but im sure some fans gaining advantage from referees will not support this
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KK-kELLS May 03, 2018 10:15 AM
something is obviously not right here...FIFA should investigate not UEFA.

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