Saturday January 6 2018
Giulini: 'If they want big clubs to win...'

Cagliari President Tommaso Giulini felt it “incredible” they weren’t awarded a penalty against Juventus. “If they want a League where the big clubs always win…”

The 1-0 home defeat was decided by two incidents, as Federico Bernardeschi scored when Leonardo Pavoletti was down following an elbow in the face by Medhi Benatia.

Moments later, Bernardeschi charged down a Simone Padoin cross with his arm, but the referee did not view it himself on VAR, only communicating with the officials in the booth via an earpiece.

“Unfortunately, I was unable to work out why they didn’t check it. We are gambling for our lives in games like this, it already happened in Rome and we are good only to a degree,” the President told Mediaset Premium.

“If people want a competitive league, it’s one thing, but if they want a league where all the big clubs always win, then they should tell us.

“It’s incredible such a thing wasn’t viewed again on the VAR. Incredible. It’s just as bad as the Dries Mertens handball against Crotone.

“Bernardeschi was already booked, so he would likely have been sent off too for that handball. We would’ve been content if the referee had at least gone over to view the VAR himself. I want it explained to me how this VAR system works.”

Cagliari officials, including Giulini, chased referee Calvarese down the tunnel to ask for an explanation, but he was ushered into the locker room.

“We were lucky early on when Juve hit the post, but we stayed in the game, had several great chances and I won’t accept losing the game in this way. I won’t accept it.

“VAR can be a very good tool for the game, so it must be used in these situations. To not even check it is absurd.”

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