Saturday February 15 2020
Gasperini: 'VAR has failed'

Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini joined the debate over VAR, claiming the technology “has totally failed and ended up creating even more doubts than before.”

The use of the Video Assistant Referee has sparked further controversy, with the likes of Napoli, Milan and Fiorentina protesting it wasn’t used enough.

This week, the FIGC wrote to FIFA putting itself forward as willing to experiment a new system giving coaches VAR challenges, much like in tennis.

“I think that might cause further problems, as it’d be chaotic,” said Gasperini. “What can I see from 70 metres away that the referee and VAR can’t? I am a coach, I don’t want to referee the game.”

Atalanta have been on the end of some very dubious decisions, starting with last season’s Coppa Italia Final against Lazio.

“It’s not nice to talk about these things, but there have been a lot of really quite evident incidents,” Gasp told La Gazzetta dello Sport magazine Sportweek.

“It’s not just about Atalanta, but in general there have been too many errors, creating even more doubts than before on the use of VAR.

“In my view, the technology has totally failed. The objective was to provide justice in incidents of clear and obvious error, but instead it is doing the contrary. VAR ended up creating even bigger doubts.

“When you are faced with footage that is so obvious and still make a mistake, that turns into a very dangerous boomerang. The incident with Inter and Rafael Toloi was bad, but the worst for me remains the Coppa Italia Final. We’ve practically become accustomed to it now.”

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