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VAR labeled ‘absolute mess’ for rejecting late Juventus winner against Salernitana

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REVEALED: Juventus’ last-minute winner against Salernitana should have been, with Sky Italia cameras showing Leonardo Bonucci was MORE than 50cm onside… as VAR is labeled an ‘absolute mess’ for disapproving of the goal

  • Juventus thought they had scored a last minute winner against Salernitana
  • The goal was disallowed because Leonardo Bonucci was offside
  • However, Sky Italia cameras noticed that Bonucci was actually well on the side
  • VAR’s decision to exclude the goal has been widely condemned on Twitter

VAR’s decision not to allow Juventus’ dramatic late winner against Salernitana on Sunday has been labeled an “absolute mess” after TV cameras appeared to show Leonardo Bonucci was actually comfortably onside.

Juventus fell two goals behind their wayward opponents in the first half, but came back roaring after the break with goals from Bremer and Bonucci. They then thought they had picked a winner at the last minute when Arkadiusz Milik shot in a header from a corner, but Bonucci was judged to be offside and disrupting play.

The incident led to chaotic scenes at the Allianz Stadium, with Milik being sent off for celebrating too much – only to have the goal disallowed – while Juan Cuadrado and Salernitana’s Federico Fazio were both given their marching orders after getting into a scuffle come. Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri was also removed from the sidelines.

Arkadiusz Milik thought he had scored the winning goal but it was disallowed and he was sent off for taking his shirt off while celebrating

Sky Italia cameras showed Antonio Candreva was playing Leonardo Bonucci on-side at some distance

Sky Italia cameras showed Antonio Candreva was playing Leonardo Bonucci on-side at some distance

The match finished 2-2, but it has since emerged that Juventus’ goal should have stood when Sky Italia cameras picked up Bonucci being played more than half a meter onside by Antonio Candreva. Host Adriano Del Monte was stunned that the VAR had made such an obvious mistake.

‘This image is wild. Juventus denied a last minute winner after it was clearly missed by VAR. Absolute mess,” he wrote on Twitter alongside an image of Bonucci which is clearly onside.

Journalist James Horncastle was also stunned by the decision to write off Milik’s goal.

“Remarkable to think that the VAR+ ref forgot Candreva, who seems to be playing Bonucci on-side with 50cm. One of the biggest mistakes I can remember since the introduction of the VAR. Unbelievable when you think there will be semi-automatic offside technology on the same ground for CL this week,” he posted on social media.

Journalist James Horncastle described VAR's decision to disallow the goal as 'remarkable'

Journalist James Horncastle described VAR’s decision to disallow the goal as ‘remarkable’

Fans were equally stunned at such a high-profile mistake made in one of Europe’s biggest leagues.

Can we all agree that this is the worst offside decision since the introduction of VAR?

The goal would have won the game in the 95th minute and then Juventus got THREE red cards. Unbelievable,” wrote one supporter.

A fan felt Juventus had been robbed of victory as Milik's goal was controversially disallowed

A fan felt Juventus had been robbed of victory as Milik’s goal was controversially disallowed

Another supporter claimed that VAR should be removed after such a high-profile mistake

Another supporter claimed that VAR should be removed after such a high-profile mistake

“This is robbery, outright robbery,” added another fan.

‘And imagine, it was onside! VAR OUT! Absolutely a mess,” wrote another supporter as they expressed their feelings about the VAR.

Juventus have now drawn four of their first six Serie A games, putting them four points behind Napoli, Atalanta and AC Milan, while also losing their first Champions League group stage match against PSG last week.

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