Sunday June 28 2020
Commisso: 'Must allow VAR appeals'

Fiorentina President Rocco Commisso released a statement following the controversial defeat to Lazio. ‘I wonder why VAR isn’t deployed in a more significant and useful way.’

The Viola had taken the lead through Franck Ribery, but the equaliser came from the penalty spot when Felipe Caicedo went down under a Bartlomiej Dragowski challenge.

It looked as if the forward was already on his way down before making contact with the goalkeeper.

Fiorentina were also furious that Bastos was booked on the stroke of half-time for a rash challenge, believing it warranted an on-field review for potential red card offence.

“Having seen the images and heard and read the reactions from all over the world on television, websites and social media, where there has been a lot of criticism of the refereeing decisions in the match, I’m left wondering why – after multiple incidents affecting not just Fiorentina but many other teams too – the decision still hasn’t been made for technology, and specifically VAR, to be deployed in a more significant and useful way,” read a statement from President Commisso.

“As I made clear several months ago, I’m still in favour of teams being given the possibility to appeal to match officials for use of VAR, based on a system with specific rules.

“That would remove all doubts for everybody and give us the certainty that everything is being assessed as well as possible. I will continue to be the first one to speak up on these issues out of respect principally for Fiorentina and the Viola faithful and also for the Italian football in general.

“The good news is that the team looked to have progressed, so I want to congratulate the players. Now our attention turns to Wednesday’s game against Sassuolo. I hope that everybody does their job as well as possible, in order to ensure that football is as fair a sport as possible.”

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