March 24, 2023

The president of Olympique de Marseille Pablo Longoria let his anger burst out on Saturday evening in the corridors of the Stade Vélodrome after the draw against Monaco (1-1), repeatedly asking himself “what is the use of VAR?”, according to images broadcast by Canal Plus.

For me it’s penalty and clear red“, commented for his part the coach of OM, Igor Tudor. “Biggest mistake I’ve seen since VAR in football. Something inexplicable and unacceptableadded the Croatian technician. In the 73rd minute of the game, thethe Marseillais claimed a penaltyfor a possible foul by Monegasque defender Guillermo Maripan on Sead Kolasinac, when OM had just created a big chance, with a recovery from Leonardo Balerdi on the bar.

Maripan’s foul occurred when Kolasinac, who had followed, kicked over the goal. Referee Jérémie Pignard, despite protests from Marseille, did not flinch. Enough to provoke Pablo Longoria’s anger in the corridors of the Vélodrome. “What is the use of VAR, what is it for?we hear him say as he paces up and down the hallway, waving his arms around. With this draw, OM missed an opportunity to steal second place from Lensois and found themselves four points behind the leader, Paris SG, who will host Reims on Sunday evening at the end of the 20th day.

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