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Roma, Florenzi: ‘VAR is needed in Europe’

Roma, Florenzi: ‘VAR is needed in Europe’

Roma star Alessandro Florenzi voiced his opinion about VAR after Roma controversially exited the Champions League last night.

The Giallorossi defeated Liverpool 4-2 at the Stadio Olimpico last night, but went out 7-6 on aggregate.

After the match, Florenzi spoke to Mediaset Premium and immediately expressed his annoyance at the refereeing during the Semi-Final.

“The bitterness remains, especially for that penalty and what would’ve been a red card. We could’ve gone 3-2 up and attempt the miracle that we only grazed.

“It does make you angry to go out like that. We conceded seven goals over two legs, but without the first Mohamed Salah goal being offside, then the penalty on Edin Dzeko who wasn’t offside and the really obvious one with the handball”.

Tuesday evening’s other Semi-Final between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich was also controversial as Marcelo handled the ball inside his own penalty area, however the offence wasn’t spotted by the match officials.

Florenzi made it clear that VAR has to be introduced in Champions League Final.

“If there was VAR technology in the Champions League, I don’t know if the Final would’ve been Real Madrid-Liverpool. VAR takes away a lot of doubts and it can happen that a referee doesn’t see it in a split second, but in 10 seconds you can watch the footage and be sure.

“Roma could’ve achieved something extraordinary, which all of Rome was dreaming of. I think all of Italy is proud of us tonight. It has to be a starting point for us and not a finish line, as we must want to live these nights again.

“We are very proud of this jersey and I think our fans are proud of what we’ve done too”.



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