Former referee says he ‘cannot understand’ why VAR didn’t intervene in Milan-Udinese – video

By Isak Möller -

AC Milan failed to grab all three points in their game against Udinese earlier this evening, thus giving Inter yet another chance to get back into the lead in the standings. However, it appears the referee and VAR made a mistake tonight. 

On Udinese’s equaliser, a check was conducted because of a suspected handball on the Udinese player (Destiny Odugie). The goal stood, though, but has caused some controversy afterwards.

Speaking live on air, as cited by MilanNews, the former referee Luca Marelli couldn’t really believe that VAR didn’t intervene as it looks like a clear handball on the replays.

“There will be a lot of discussion. We have seen it several times and we see that there is a very suspicious movement of Udogie, touching the ball with his left arm. The clear feeling is that he deflected the ball with his left arm: he has it out, and goes towards the ball. The feeling is that the decisive touch is with the left arm. I cannot understand why VAR didn’t intervene,” he stated.

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  1. To be honest after what I saw from VAR tonight, not calling that super clear and obvious handball, I have lost all credibility on the referees, before I used to think they were all horrible, which they are, but that there was no bias, but after seeing the way the VAR did not intervene, you really need to intentionally want to damage that team for not saying anything in a situation that was so obvious, screw this, hope we make it into champions league next season, which is going to be hard with the abysmal performances we’re having lately, but I know that one way or the other they’re going to rig this to benefit other teams, it’s very clear, it was really sad and quite frankly disgusting, at this point there is no excuse for VAR’s actions tonight except it was intentional

    1. There is a bigger force than Milan at play and you’re right. This isn’t the 1st time this year. How can it go unanswered. We need enquiries because this is bullshit. Actual being told our eyes are deceiving us. He must have massive bollocks or the camorra or ndrangheta up his arse to ok that goal at the san siro. Disgusting! Let me tell you something…tonight, big money was made on this match.

      1. The VAR miss 2 handballs & the ref didn’t have a good game… But the real problem is that the players are human & Pioli allow players to be sloppy. Kalulu need to play & bench Romagnioli o Tomori, calabria etc. 2 or 3 sub should go in at minutes 60 plus & the next 2 at 70 plus. Calabria & Leao need to be sub. Maldini is ready to play 15 to 25 minutes every game & can help the team.
        Mistake will happen but is normal., but the effort , will & determination, hunger to win has to be there as a team. Every player should get the chance to play at least 20 to 30 minutes every 2 to 3 games at least. It damage the team if they are just status like Castillejo. Cause everybody needs to help the team & do better with every chance they get, not just a toy to train. It isn’t about what you have but about what you do with whatever you have.

  2. It really is crazy. He literally SMACKED the ball in with his left wrist with an outstretched arm!!

    And besides this obvious NO GOAL, in the 88th minute there was a clear handball in the box by Udine and we should’ve had a penalty.

    Not to mention the advantage that they didn’t play when Messias was going in on what was pretty much a break away alone on goalkeeper.

  3. Besides the handball, anyone else concerned that Romagnoli complete WHIFFED on that clearance? Maybe we do need Botman…

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