06 Jul Barcelona president hints that VAR favours Actual Madrid
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has launched an assault on the usage of VAR in La Liga, suggesting it favours Actual Madrid after watching his aspect fall 4 factors behind their Clasico rivals on the prime of the desk in current weeks.
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Barca beat Villarreal 4-1 on Sunday to maintain their faltering title hopes alive with 4 video games to play however the win was overshadowed by selections taken in Madrid’s 1-Zero victory over Athletic Bilbao earlier within the day.
Sergio Ramos scored the one objective of that sport when referee Jose Gonzalez Gonzalez awarded a penalty for Dani Garcia’s foul on Marcelo after consulting the pitchside VAR monitor. Moments later, Gonzalez Gonzalez opted to not give Athletic a penalty when Ramos caught Raul Garcia on the different finish.
“I noticed the sport in Bilbao, one other win for Madrid,” Bartomeu instructed Movistar. “Our message, which I’ll repeat: I really feel dangerous, however VAR is just not on the stage that we hoped for the very best league on the earth.
“For the reason that league restarted, it is not been particularly reasonable and that is having an impact on outcomes. And it appears it all the time favours the identical [team]. There have been many video games when VAR has favoured the identical [team] — and plenty of teams have been deprived consequently.
“We spoke with the [Royal Spanish Football Federation] about it up to now. VAR ought to assist referees however within the photos everybody has seen in current weeks it is not been honest.”
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Barca complained concerning the utility of VAR following a 2-2 draw at Actual Sociedad in December however Bartomeu inferred they’ve been particularly angered by selections entering into Madrid’s favour because the league resumed final month.
Athletic’s Iker Muniain mentioned after Sunday’s defeat to Madrid that “sure teams are getting all the selections,” whereas Actual Sociedad additionally bemoaned the usage of know-how after they misplaced to Zinedine Zidane’s aspect in June.
Requested if he understood the usage of VAR throughout Spain’s prime flight, Barca coach Quique Setien mentioned he more and more “fails to grasp the factors utilized.”
Ramos, in the meantime, mentioned earlier on Saturday that Madrid aren’t on observe to win the league because of refereeing selections and that their challengers “needs to be crucial of themselves.”
Luis Suarez, Antoine Griezmann and Ansu Fati have been all on goal in Barca’s win over Villarreal after Gerard Moreno had cancelled out an early personal objective by Pau Torres.
The win eases the strain on Setien for now, though Bartomeu mentioned reviews the coach’s future was on the road following three attracts in 4 video games have been “false.”
“Quique has our help,” the president mentioned. “We have seen a dynamic efficiency at present and we will battle till the tip for La Liga after which we’ve got the Champions League.”
Bartomeu additionally performed down a declare from Cadena Ser in midweek that Lionel Messi is contemplating leaving the membership when his contract expires in 2021.
“I will not go into particulars about [negotiations] however Messi has mentioned many occasions he’ll finish his profession at Barca,” he added. “He has defined he desires to proceed and the membership and we will have him for a lot of extra years.”
Barca return to motion on Wednesday in opposition to Espanyol figuring out that they should win their remaining 4 video games whereas hoping Madrid drop factors in no less than two of their remaining fixtures.