Benfica says that «VAR is too powerful to be in the hands of such incompetent people»


The general director of Benfica’s SAD criticized the video referee (VAR) responsible for the match against FC Porto, in the I Liga, considering that the tool “is too powerful for the hands of incompetents”.

In the classic played at Estádio da Luz, in Lisbon, the Uruguayan Darwin Núñez, who followed up a sublime pass from Otamendi, beat Diogo Costa, in the 52nd minute, but saw the ‘party’ being canceled by the video referee (VAR), which uncovered two centimeters (less than an inch) of infraction in the forward’s position.

“We know that the moment of choosing the frame is decisive for these types of decisions. It wasn’t a machine, it was João Pinheiro [árbitro responsável pelo VAR] who chose the frame. It’s unreal, I’m forced to criticize the tool as it is used and it’s too powerful to be in the hands of such incompetent people”, accused Rui Pedro Braz, in statements to the club’s television.

The ‘incarnate’ manager talks about “another game that turns out to be a bit of a reflection of what the season has been like, with Benfica systematically having reasons for complaint”, namely VAR.

The refereeing team, led by Luís Godinho, was “betrayed by his professional colleague”, who decided to cancel [o golo a Darwin]”, according to Rui Pedro Braz, who also recognizes the failures of the ‘eagles’ throughout the year.

“Throughout the season, we make mistakes and we have to look inward first. Fix it first, so we can look and fight for the top spot in Portuguese football. There are countless bids in which they are betrayed by their professional colleagues, who have everything at their disposal. This error can not defend, can not understand. We all know how VAR works”, he shot, before “expecting to be, again, the subject of a disciplinary process”.

FC Porto was today crowned Portuguese football champion for the 30th time, winning at Benfica’s home by 1-0, in a game of the 33rd and penultimate round of the I Liga.

At Estádio da Luz, Zaidu, at 90+4 minutes, scored the winning goal for the ‘blues and whites’, in a game in which Benfica’s Darwin Núñez saw a goal disallowed by the video referee, for offside, at the minute 52.

The ‘dragons’ now have 88 points, six more than Sporting, who held the title, while Benfica remains in third place, with 71.


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