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Roma manager Jose Mourinho slams VAR after derby defeat

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AS Roma manager Jose Mourinho blamed the refereeing and VAR after the derby defeat against Lazio

The Giallorossi trailed by 2-0 inside the first 20 minutes thanks to the goals from Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Pedro Rodríguez. Despite being down in the Derby della Capitale. The Portuguese’s side showcased the fighting spirit and halved the deficit before the halftime mark through Roger Ibanez. 

In search of the equaliser, Roma tried to go all out in the attack but conceded the third through a transition, In the end, Jordan Veretout scored the second goal from the penalty spot for Mourinho. But it was too little too late for the Giallorossi. 

Roma manager Jose Mourinho blamed the refereeing after the defeat:

After the game, speaking on DAZN, quoted by TRANSFERmarketWEB, Mourinho stated that the referee and the VAR made the wrong decision on the second goal of Lazio. It should have been given as a foul on Nicolo Zaniolo on the other end. 

The manager further claimed that the Biancocelesti midfielder Lucas Leiva should have been shown a second yellow card as Lorenzo Pellegrini did similar in the last game but picked up a red card. The refereeing level and the VAR were not up to the mark for a game of this magnitude. He said: 

“Italian football and VAR are not fit for a match of this level. On the second goal, the referee was wrong on the pitch, the VAR was wrong. This is too much.

“The second yellow card for Lucas Leiva would have been important, playing against 10 would have been important. Then two situations similar to Pellegrini came up. He was given a red and today, nothing.”

Following a disappointing defeat against Maurizio Sarri’s side, the Giallorossi are currently sitting fourth in the Serie A table with 12 points in six games. Roma now suffered two losses under Mourinho in the last three games and will be looking to bounce back as quickly as possible when they encounter Empoli next weekend. 

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