Ancelotti slams match officials: VARs would have overturned decisions

Ancelotti slams match officials: VARs would have overturned decisions


Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti says the Bavarians were “penalised” by central referee Viktor Kassai’s decisions in their 4-2 Champions League defeat against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu on Tuesday.

Bayern were the victims of a number of contested officiating decisions, notably a pair of goals scored by Cristiano Ronaldo that Ancelotti said were offside, as well as a red card handed to Arturo Vidal.

Already on a booking, Vidal slid in for a tackle on Madrid midfielder Marco Asensio and appeared to win the ball.

However, Kassai had other ideas, dismissing the Chilean.

The Italian was left angered by the officials

Having trailed 2-1, and with the tie dead level, Real overran Bayern and secured qualification into the semi-finals 6-3 on aggregate.

“I think we played a really good match, I think we deserved more,” Ancelotti said.

“But after that, the decisions from the referee penalised us. Because the card given to Arturo (Vidal) was not a red card.

“Cristiano’s two goals were both offside. Of course we are not happy.”

Ancelotti labelled the quarter-finals of the Champions League as an ideal time for the installation of Video Assistant Referee (VARs) technology.

“I think in the quarter-finals you have a referee with more quality. Or this could be the moment for UEFA to introduce video technology because there were too many errors,” he said.

“You often get questionable decisions, but this one wasn’t. I don’t need to watch a video because you could see that Vidal got the ball.”