Inter striker Lautaro Martinez hit out at the implementation of VAR after the Nerazzurri were held to a 2-2 draw against Monza in Serie A yesterday evening.
The Argentina international netted the second goal to put Inter 2-1 up at the U-Power Stadium, and Francesco Acerbi looked to have extended the lead when he put the ball in the net, only for the whistle to be blown for an alleged foul by Roberto Gagliardini.
However, replays showed that Monza defender Pablo Mari was tripped by teammate Armando Izzo, but VAR could not intervene due to play being stopped before the goal was scored, and in an interview with Italian television broadcaster Sky Sport Italia, as reported by FCInterNews.it, Martinez criticised the system.
“The refereeing incident? It weighed a lot, that detail changes the match,” the former Racing Club striker argued.
“As the coach said and as we think, after five years of VAR, if these mistakes are still being made, things are not clear.
“I’m not in favour of VAR, I never have been, but we have adapted. But if you use it you have to do it right otherwise it ruins everything, and today it hurt us.”
Inter were on course for victory until Monza equalised in stoppage time, costing Inter two vital points as they look to keep up with leaders Napoli in the title race.
“We know that the teams in front of us are going strong, but we have to think about us. We cannot drop these points though, they are too important,” Martinez continued.
“If we want to win the title, we have to put our heads down and keep pushing because only with the group can we move forward.”
The 25-year-old was making his first start for Inter since helping Argentina win the 2022 World Cup in Qatar last month.