Within the presser following Roma’s 2-0 defeat to Fiorentina at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, Jose Mourinho blasted VAR for their controversial officiating throughout the fixture.
The vital fixture escalated quickly after Nicolas Gonzalez was handed a questionable penalty following minimal contact from the dutch full-back Rick Karsdorp. The Uruguayan stepped to the spot and buried it into the left corner to hand Italiano’s men the lead within the first five minutes.
Shortly after, Giacomo Bonaventura glistened past the Giallorossi back-line and scored a mesmerizing individual effort from a long-way out, sealing all three points for La Viola.
As it stands, Fiorentina are currently level with Roma, each possessing a total of 59 points. With Roma failing to win a single match within their last four outings within the league, it seems that their spot within Europa League next season could be in jeapordy.
Following Roma’s dissapointing defeat to La Viola, the “Special One” touched upon the officiating of the fixture on Dazn Italia: “I want to hear the explanation from Mr Banti of Livorno, which is not far from here. I already saw the footage, it’s a touch, not a foul. The referee was close by and did not give a penalty. In the VAR room, Mr Banti intervened.
“Aside from the penalty, Fiorentina were also stronger, they played at a different tempo and with concentration, so they deserved to win. The problem is we are not talking about just these three points, but the many, many incidents that we have no explanation for.
“Why did the VAR call a referee like Guida, who was 10 metres away and saw full well it wasn’t a penalty? Why? These are the explanations we want and do not have.”
In addition, the gaffer discussed Fiorentina’s offensive success within the final third of the pitch throughout the initial phase of the game:
“It is very simple. Zalewski would’ve been possibly on the bench of the youth team 12 months ago. He has played nine games in a row, including the semi-final of a European tournament.
“The difference when playing vertically is the difference of 14 games that Roma played more than Fiorentina this season. If we run 10km per game, 14 games is a lot.
“It is the difference between intensity and lack of intensity, concentration and lack of concentration. It is very simple.
“We know that we have the respect of the Roma fans, but we also want respect from the Bantis of this world, who sit in their comfortable chairs and have taken many, many points away from this team.”
With only two fixtures remaining within this year’s current campaign, Mourinho hopes that his men can overcome this difficult period as they prepare to face Venezia at the Stadio Olimpico Saturday evening.