Ancelotti: VAR is needed

Carlo Ancelotti admits the time has come for video assistant referees to be introduced after Bayern Munich’s controversial defeat to Real Madrid.

Arturo Vidal was sent off for a second bookable offence at the Santiago Bernabeu, while two of Cristiano Ronaldo’s goals were shown to be offside by television replays, and Ancelotti claimed “you can’t decide a Champions League semi-final spot like this”.

“We had thought of everything going into this game – except the referee. It’s a pity, because it was the perfect game otherwise,” the former Madrid boss told Mediaset Premium.

“I am very proud of my players, as they did all they could and more, but then it went the way it went… The referee probably wasn’t up to the task.

“I don’t think Real Madrid have any influence on referees. The officials tonight simply got it wrong. I had never been in favour of VAR technology, but I must admit it’s necessary now.

“You can’t decide a Champions League semi-final spot like this. I spoke to Zidane after the game and he agreed with me that the refereeing performance was negative.

“It shouldn’t be happening at this level and I hope the referees will be helped by technology as soon as possible.”

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