Koeman lashes out at VAR

    Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has lashed out at referee Juan Munuera and VAR officials following their La Liga clash against Real Madrid

    Barcelona suffered a 3-1 defeat to arch-rivals at Camp Nou in controversial circumstances.

    Federico Valverde and Ansu Fati got on the scoresheet in the opening ten minutes of play to send teams to half-time on level terms.

    But, a controversial VAR decision that took place in the 63rd minute of El Clasico changed the direction of the game towards Real Madrid’s favor.

    Clement Lenglet’s foul on Sergio Ramos in the box was not that obvious at first glance, though the replay gave everybody a different perspective.

    Los Blancos captain made no mistake from the spot-kick to put his team in front before Luka Modric’s genius solo action sealed three points for Zinedine Zidane’s side.

    It was Barcelona’s second La Liga loss in a row after a 1-0 defeat to Getafe last time out. VAR intervention gave Jose Bordalas’ side a penalty in that match that eventually made all the difference.

    Frustrated with the fact all recent VAR calls went against his team, Ronald Koeman has lashed out at the usage of the infamous system.

    “The plan was to have control over the game,” Koeman told Diario AS.

    “We changed Leo’s position, and we tried to get more depth with players on the wings who could control the ball from that position. I believe we had a good performance.

    “That wasn’t a penalty for me. I’ve said that I wish they are able to someday explain VAR to me. It was only used against Barça.

    “They didn’t use it on the penalty against Messi, nor in the red cards of the penalty.

    “My question is: why is there only VAR against Barça?”

    Barcelona will now have to focus on their upcoming Champions League clash against Juventus in Turin.

    Koeman’s team started their European journey with a commanding 5-1 home victory over debutants Ferencvaros.



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