Pallotta: ‘Ref an absolute joke’

Roma President James Pallotta said the lack of VAR in the Champions League is “an absolute joke and an embarrassment” after exit to Liverpool.

The Giallorossi were denied two clear penalties in the 4-2 victory on the night, but still went out 7-6 on aggregate in the semi-final.

“It’s absolutely clear that VAR is needed in the Champions League, because you can’t let stuff like this go,” Pallotta told reporters in the mixed zone.

“You can all look at it yourself. Dzeko wasn’t offside, got taken down for a penalty. At the 65th minute, there was a handball that was obvious to everybody in the world except those on the pitch. In the 67th minute Schick gets taken down in the box, I mean it’s just…

“I know it’s difficult to ref, but it’s really embarrassing when we lose on aggregate like that… By the way, it should’ve been a red car, so would’ve been 10 men from the 63rd minute.

“Again, congratulations to Liverpool, they’re a great team, but if we don’t get VAR in the Champions League, stuff like this is an absolute joke.”

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