‘UEFA against Italian clubs’ – Agnelli

Juventus president Andrea Agnelli believes Real Madrid’s late penalty on Wednesday night is evidence of ‘UEFA against Italian clubs’.

Despite winning 3-1 in Madrid, the Old Lady crashed out of the Champions League due to a controversial late penalty awarded for Mehdi Benatia’s challenge on Lucas Vazquez.

“We absolutely need VAR in the Champions League,” Agnelli told Mediaset Premium, as cited by ESPN FC.

“This isn't about one or two points, but rather going forward in a massive tournament that brings so much money and prestige, we can't allow these incidents to occur.

“For some reason, the vanity of the refereeing designator (UEFA's Pierluigi Collina) is trying to scientifically prove he is unbiased and keeps assigning referees who are against Italian clubs.

“It's not just Juve, but Roma had penalties denied against Barcelona, Milan went out of the Europa League with Arsenal, us tonight.

“If it's a technical problem because UEFA don't have good enough referees, we can offer to help train them.

“When we're in the knockout rounds of the tournament, we need to train the referees up quickly, put good people in charge and help them to bring in VAR.

“A goal-line official behind the line isn't the same thing as an official in front of a video replay. If UEFA are not ready, then they need to train it rapidly, just as Serie A did, plus in Germany, Portugal and elsewhere.”

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