Serie A witnessed another outbreak of maddening VAR farce on Sunday as Fiorentina beat SPAL at the Stadio Paolo Mazza.
With the score level at 1-1, the Viola saw a penalty claim turned down in the 74th minute when Federico Chiesa went sprawling in the box.
As the away side chuntered about the decision, SPAL seized the opportunity to break and score to make it 2-1 around one minute later.
However, the referee was then alerted to a VAR review of the Chiesa foul and decided to consult his video assistant. He then awarded the penalty to Fiorentina while simultaneously disallowing SPAL’s goal in the 77th minute.
Jordan Vertout then stepped up and converted Fiorentina’s penalty, making it 2-1 to the visitors instead of the other way around – all this coming in the 79th minute.
Just to make matters worse, the ‘foul’ retrospectively given on Chiesa was an absolute crock of shite too.
For the record, Fiorentina went on to win 4-1.
While we don’t wish to denigrate VAR as completely unnecessary and little more than a tacit tool in the continuing systematic sterilisation of football, it is completely crap and pointless and doesn’t even work as stated.
Scrap it, move on and forget about this whole sorry experiment.