Juventus win after Fiorentina have penalty revoked by VAR
Juventus floor out a 2-Zero win at Fiorentina on Friday after the hosts had a penalty revoked in one other contentious incident involving the video replay system (VAR). Federico Bernardeschi scored in opposition to his previous membership and Gianluigi Buffon made his 500th league look for the Turin facet nevertheless it was all overshadowed by the newest episode involving VAR.
Fiorentina had been awarded a first-half penalty for handball by Giorgio Chiellini and Jordan Veretout waited for almost three minutes to take the spot kick earlier than the referee indicated he would overview the incident utilizing the VAR system. Amid indignant Fiorentina protests, he then awarded a free kick to Juventus for offside in opposition to a Fiorentina participant within the construct as much as Chiellini’s handball though replays confirmed that the ball was performed to him by Juventus defender Alex Sandro.
“It took a lifetime to decide,” mentioned Fiorentina coach Stefano Pioli. “I don’t accept the referee’s choice. Alex Sandro touched the ball twice and it can’t have been involuntary. It wasn’t offside.” Pioli additionally complained that the referee didn’t view the images himself however relied on info handed to him by the video assistant.
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri mentioned: “We’ve been on the wrong end of these decisions and there’s nothing you can do. It was a long wait.”
Shortly afterwards, Fiorentina had been denied once more when Gil Dias broke down the appropriate and noticed his shot rebound off the within of the put up. Juve, who host Tottenham Hotspur of their Champions League spherical of 16 tie on Tuesday, made essentially the most of their reprieves and went forward within the 56th minute when Bernardeschi’s free kick discovered a spot within the defensive wall to place them in entrance.
Forward Gonzalo Higuain wrapped up the factors with 4 minutes left when Chiellini’s move despatched him galloping away from the Fiorentina defence and he confidently positioned his shot vast of Marco Sportiello. With Napoli not enjoying till Saturday, the win took Juventus high of Serie A with 62 factors, two forward of their rivals who host Lazio.
Serie A is one in every of various competitions around the globe which is trialling VAR and its use has proved extremely contentious. Critics say it takes too lengthy to make choices and that referees are nonetheless making errors even after reviewing incidents on pitchside screens. Football’s law-making physique IFAB is anticipated to resolve on March 3 whether or not to approve the usage of VAR on a everlasting foundation and FIFA is hoping to make use of it on the World Cup in Russia.