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Roma’s Portuguese coach, José Mourinho, charged this Saturday against the VAR after they annulled the winning goal for his team in the 90th minute against Genoa in Serie A (0-0) and declared that, now, with video arbitration, “football is another sport”.
Roma striker Nicolò Zaniolo undid the equalizer on the scoreboard with a low left-footed shot from the edge of the area at the Olympic Stadium, but the referee annulled the goal -VAR through- due to a prior stomp by Englishman Tammy Abraham on Mexican Johan Vásquez.
“If the referee has decided well, our game, the game that became the people’s game many years ago, the game that made the world fall in love, has changed. Soccer is another sport”, assured the Portuguese coach to DAZN as soon as the match ended.
“If that is a foul, the match is not the same. We have to change the name of football“, added visibly annoyed.
Zaniolo himself, scorer of the disallowed goal, was expelled due to protests to the referee as a result of impotence after the invalidation of the goal that meant staying in the fight for fifth place in the Europa League.
Mourinho, who had the opportunity to equal the record of 62 victories of the Italian Antonio Conte in 100 games of having emerged victorious from the clash against a Genoa in relegation places, said that it is not the first time that a refereeing error conditions the team he directs .
“If the referee made a mistake, and had to validate the goal, he will be the first to be unhappy with the mistake and for us, at Roma, it will have been deja-vù, because this season it has already happened many times” , he claimed.
The coach, who is now in his second season in Serie A, stated that “in the eyes of power, Roma is small” and, when asked about that power, the man from Setubal ended the interview with an enigmatic phrase: “Let’s finish here, because José Mourinho, who arrived here seven months ago, has a different profile when he opens his mouth”.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.