Sunday February 10 2019
Udinese furious at VAR rulings

Udinese director Daniele Pradè was furious after they had two goals disallowed in the defeat to Torino. “The decisions were absurd.”

The Friulani were beaten 1-0 by an Ola Aina header and saw Rodrigo De Paul’s penalty saved by Salvatore Sirigu.

When they did have the ball in the net twice, VAR intervened to rule Kevin Lasagna was offside, even though on the second occasion he did not make contact.

“We should’ve at least drawn this game. VAR was made to deal with major errors, so you cannot use it to disallow a goal when Stefano Okaka’s shot was 12 metres away from Lasagna and the goalkeeper didn’t even move,” Pradè told Sky Sport Italia.

“The goalkeeper simply couldn’t get to the ball. If you use VAR like this, then we may as well never shoot from outside the box. It’s not possible. It's absurd.”

Torino also had penalty appeals for a Jens Stryger-Larsen handball as he tried to charge down a cross, but seemed to have his arms across his chest.

“I don’t feel that was a penalty, as he was on the ground, he had nowhere else to go. We are fighting for our lives here with every game and cannot see goals chalked off for nothing.

“We also need to get together with the officials and clarify once and for all what these offside and handball rules are, because I still haven’t been able to work it out.”

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