Former Serie A referee Graziano Cesari feels that VAR should have disallowed both the Hellas Verona equalizer and Inter Milan’s winner.
Cesari was harshly critical of the officiating and the VAR in his assessment on Italian broadcaster SportMediaset, via FCInterNews.
The finale of yesterday’s Serie A match at the San Siro was certainly dramatic.
And it was also controversial. Verona were fully convinced that Inter’s late winner should not have stood.
There was nothing wrong with Davide Frattesi’s goal, lashing in the rebound of a Lorenzo Montio save. But in the buildup, there was an apparent foul by Inter’s Alessandro Bastoni on Verona’s Ondrej Duda.
Referee Michael Fabbri and VAR Luigi Nasca didn’t think so.
But former Serie A referee Cesari feels that it was absolutely a foul, and the goal never should have stood.
But then on the other hand, Cesari also feels that there was a foul in the buildup to Verona’s goal. He feels that VAR also should have disallowed that goal, which temporarily made things level.
Cesari: VAR Should’ve Disallowed Verona Equalizer & Inter Winner
Cesari said of Inter’s winning goal that in the buildup, “When Bastoni is coming out of the penalty area you can clearly see a gesture from his arm.”
“Fabbri couldn’t see it,” he continued. “The VAR had to intervene.”
“The fact that the crossbar was hit and then a new move was started is irrelevant.”
Cesari argued that “In the case or violent conduct, as in this case where it’s off the ball, the goal has to be disallowed.”
But then, the former official also feels that Verona’s goal also should not have stood.
The reason had nothing to do with Thomas Henry’s effort. Rather, he feels that Gialloblu defender Giangiacomo Magnani fouled Inter striker Marko Arnautovic to set the team on their way.
“Arnautovic initially grabs Magnani’s shirt,” he noted.
“But when the Austrian goes over, both Magnani’s hands are on his back.”
“And in in these cases the foul is usually called,” Cesari argued. “Here as well, the VAR needed to intervene.”
And then Cesari argued that it was “Absolutely correct to give a penalty for Darmian’s foul on Maganani.”
“The VAR got that one correct. But otherwise, it was a failure.”