Cagliari Coach Diego Lopez claims VAR is not used the same way for incidents in favour of Roma or the smaller clubs. “I’d like to see if the roles were reversed.”
The new technology played a starring role this evening, as first it was used to transform an Edin Dzeko yellow card for simulation into a penalty, then to award Federico Fazio’s last-gasp winner amid handball appeals.
“It does hurt, certainly,” Lopez told Mediaset Premium after their 1-0 loss. “We came here to play our game and it was our best performance in terms of determination, even better than the victory away to Udinese.
“We allowed Roma very little, especially in the first half, but could’ve done better with our counter-attacks.
“The images speak clearly, Fazio knocked the ball into the goal with his arm. I’d like to see if the roles were reversed if the same decision would’ve been made.
“The penalty was a clear incident too. If the referee was close by and booked Dzeko for diving, I didn’t understand why he felt the need to then view the VAR.
“We can argue about these incidents, but I’ve said what I think. I don’t know if the same incidents with roles reversed would’ve gone in our favour.”
Cagliari were also unlucky when losing midfielder Nicolò Barella, who fell awkwardly and was in clear agony.
“I think he’s fractured a finger.”