Sunday August 20 2017
Buffon: 'No fear of VAR'

Gigi Buffon said VAR is “a new technology to be welcomed without fear” after saving the first penalty awarded using this system.

The Video Assistant Referee was introduced in all Serie A games from the 2017-18 season.

It got its historic first use during Saturday’s 3-0 Juventus victory over Cagliari.

A spot-kick was handed to the Sardinians for Alex Sandro treading on the back of Duje Cop’s foot, but Buffon parried the Diego Farias effort.

“A new season has started. It’s unique: like many, more than any other,” wrote Buffon on social medial.

“There is the determination to repeat ourselves, for the seventh time. We want to forget the past and experience the present to the full.

“There are many new teammates. There is also a new technology, to be welcomed without fear.

“We had to start well. We did it.”