Massimiliano Allegri fumes after Juventus-Salernitana VAR drama: Is he justified?

The images made available to the VAR officials did not show Salernitana's Antonio Candreva, and so what would have been a stoppage-time winner was ruled out for offside.


Massimiliano Allegri was adamant that Arkadiusz Milik’s goal in stoppage time should have stood after Juventus drew 2-2 with Salernitana on Sunday evening.

The Bianconeri striker had headed the ball into the net but Leonardo Bonucci was adjudged to have been offside after a VAR review despite not touching the ball. This decision enraged Allegri, who was promptly sent off by referee Serie A Matteo Marcenaro.

The Juventus tactician was convinced that Salernitana veteran Antonio Candreva had put Bonucci onside but the images broadcasted do not show the former Lazio and Inter winger on screen, and La Gazzetta dello Sport have confirmed the rumours that the images including Candreva had not been available to the VAR officials.

Allegri himself was sent off in a rage in the aftermath of the goal being ruled out.

Allegri furious after Juventus-Salernitana VAR drama

“I never speak with the referees,” Allegri said on DAZN. “It is a given fact that a good or bad goal has been disallowed.

“I am sorry only because I would like to see the footage because Candreva was right there near the corner flag. You cannot see it from the images they gave us.

“I do not know who else wants it, but nobody has an image with Candreva in it. But the referees must be left alone, the protagonists are the players. On the goal, they held the jersey of Bonucci, but the referee was good. We have 10 or 20 very good referees in Italy.”

Juventus still aiming for Champions League spots before World Cup starts

Despite the late controversy, Allegri was still impressed with his team and their ability to come back from a 2-0 deficit, and he is focused on ensuring that Juventus are near the top of the Serie A table before the league goes on hiatus due to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

“Today we started one way and we did well for 20 minutes,” he said.

“Then we conceded an unexpected goal, then we reacted. The goal for 3-2 could have been scored earlier, now we are working to improve and try to remain up there until November 13.”

Juventus travel to Monza for their next Serie A game on Matchday 7.


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