Champions League: Roma President Demands VAR after Liverpool Defeat

Roma president James Pallotta says it will be an “absolute joke” if video assistant referees are not introduced in the Champions League after being knocked out by Liverpool on Wednesday.

By Sports Reporter

The Serie A side lost the semi-final 7-6 on aggregate despite winning the second leg 4-2 in Rome.

And Pallotta felt his side should have been awarded two penalties.

“I know it is difficult to ref but it is really embarrassing that we lose on aggregate like that,” he said.

“You just can’t let stuff like this happen.”

Edin Dzeko was brought down by Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius after the interval but the former Manchester City striker appeared to be wrongly ruled offside.

And minutes later Trent Alexander-Arnold handled the ball in the area which denied a clear goal-scoring opportunity for the hosts.

“You can all look at it yourself. In the 49th minute he wasn’t offside and he gets taken down by the goalie,” Pallotta added.

“It was a handball that was obvious to everyone probably in the world except people on the pitch. It should have been a red card which would have been 10 men in the 63rd minute.

“If they don’t get VAR in the Champions League, it is an absolute Joke.”

Tongai Mwenje

Tongai Mwenje is a Senior Editor with Zimbabwe's largest online sports magazine Sportbrief He has been writing professionally since 2012 and currently writes for technology and sport blogs. He has vast experience in digital marketing, sports reporting and analysis. He is also a Sports and Technology columnist with Financial Gazette Online Sports Column and Technology Magazine respectively.

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