Monchi: ‘Italian football must speak up’

Roma director Monchi said “Italian football has to raise its voice, because this is not normal” after two clear penalties not awarded against Liverpool.

The Giallorossi lost 5-2 at Anfield, won 4-2 in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final, but it’s the Reds who go to the Final against Real Madrid.

“It changes everything. We conceded a goal that was offside in the first leg, here we had two penalties not given, one of which was a clear red card,” the director of sport told Mediaset Premium.

“It’s time to raise our voices, not just Roma either, as Juventus suffered the same against Real Madrid. Italian football has to raise its voice, because what we saw tonight was shocking.

“It’s playing with the hearts of all the fans. We have to compliment Liverpool for their qualification, but also need to evaluate how it happened.

“In Anfield, the third goal was offside, here we had two clear penalties not given. I’m Spanish, I arrived here a year ago, but I think it’s time Italian football raises its voice, because this is not normal.

“I don’t understand why VAR is not used in the most important club competition in the world. I don’t get it. There are still mistakes, but many fewer than we see otherwise.

“It’s not just damage on an economic level, but also for the passion and hard work. The lads in the locker room were really angry, as we gave 100 per cent in the second half and were excellent.

“We must introduce VAR in the Champions League, because it’s fundamental. I don’t know why UEFA don’t want it. I really think it’s necessary, because fans might joke that the Final with VAR would be Bayern Munich-Roma, but it’s actually true.”

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