LaLiga: Barcelona release statement against VAR

Barcelona have released a statement claiming that the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) is being used against them.
The LaLiga giants claimed it has “had a serious negative impact on FC Barcelona and has benefited its most direct opponents”.
This comes after Real Madrid were awarded a controversial penalty in Barca’s 3-1 defeat in Saturday’s El Clasico.
Referee Juan Martinez Munuera gave Madrid a spot kick when Sergio Ramos went down in the area.

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After consulting the VAR screen, Munuera decided that Clement Lenglet holding on to Ramos’ shirt was enough to warrant the penalty.
Ramos duly converted and put his side 2-1 up, before Luka Modric’s late strike wrapped up the win.
Part of the statement read: “The Board considers that, in the cases of identical or very similar game situations, VAR has not upheld the essential criteria of ethics and fairness, which has had a serious negative impact on FC Barcelona and has benefitted its most direct opponents.”

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