Sunday December 31 2017
Strakosha backs Inzaghi over VAR

Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha backs boss Simone Inzaghi over claims the VAR ‘takes the emotion out of football.’

The Biancocelesti were once more on the receiving end of a decision made after consultation with technology last night.

Having initially been awarded a penalty, video replays showed the ball had cannoned up onto Inter defender Milan Skriniar’s arm after hitting his leg first.

Given that it was not a deliberate handball, the spot-kick was reversed, causing the Lazio Coach to once more rue the ‘inconsistency’ with VAR decisions.

“I think the boss is right, the VAR takes away emotion,” Albania international Strakosha commented post-match.

“When you score you don’t celebrate, you wait until it is validated.

“If you are given a penalty, you wait. Football was good for its incidents, whether the decisions were correct or not.”

Despite feeling hard done by, the shot-stopper was happy with Lazio’s performance overall as he made his 50th appearance for the club.

“I am happy with having made 50 appearances for Lazio.

“There is a little bit of regret, we deserved to get something more.

“But it isn’t easy at the San Siro, so we look forward. We faced strong attackers and today we stopped everything.”

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