Juventus Arrested Atalanta, Allegri Complains Technology VAR
Juventus’ success in Serie A stalled in the seventh week against Atalanta at Atleti Azzuri D’Italia Stadium on Sunday (2/10/2017). The Bianconeri were held to a 2-2 draw in the game.
Juventus actually had a 2-0 lead in 24 minutes through goals by Federico Bernardeschi and Gonzalo Higuain. However, Atalanta managed to equalize through Mattia Caldara and Bryan Cristante. Paulo Dybala almost brought Juventus ahead in the 84th minute, but his penalty failed to bear fruit.
With this one point added, Juventus are now lagging behind Napoli who successfully wiped out seven games with a win. La Vecchia Signora stalked Inter Milan in third place which also has collected 19 points.
After the match, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri complained about the use of VAR technology (video assistant referee) which is quite dominant in the game. One of them related goal scorer Mario Mandzukic in minute 57.
The goal was disallowed because of previous violations committed Juventus winger, Stephan Lichsteiner, against Atalanta attacker, Alejandro Papu Gomez. The incident had escaped the attention of the referee before being caught by VAR.
“If we want football to be a sport that is no longer sport, then please use VAR in every incident, but if every moment is considered important, then the game can take three to four hours,” said Allegri told Mediaset Premium.
Juventus Got Helped VAR
According to Allegri, VAR help should only be used in certain moments only. “As when looking at offside, whether or not the ball comes out of the penalty box or not, but if it’s used for subjective situations, people will never agree, it’s a sport,” he said.
However, the use of VAR technology is actually fair enough for Juventus in the game. Thanks to the VAR, they were awarded a penalty after it was known to touch the hands of Atalanta defender Andrea Petagna as Paulo Dybala hit a free kick in the 82nd minute.
“The referee can decide whether it’s a penalty or not, that’s their decision, and if we go through a complicated game, we’ll end up like American football where there’s a constant stoppage and we can sit down eating peanuts until the game ends at midnight,” he said. .
“Just like basketball, I’m not saying it’s a penalty and it’s not, that’s not what I mean, I just want to say that it (VAR technology) should only be used for objective purposes, not subjective decisions,” Allegri said.