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Fiorentina boss Stefano Poli disagrees with overturned penalty vs. Juventus

Fiorentina boss Stefano Poli disagrees with overturned penalty vs. Juventus
From ESPN - February 9, 2018

Fiorentina boss Stefano Poli disagreed with VAR's decision to overturn a penalty awarded to his side in their 2-0 Serie A loss to Juventus on Friday night.

Fiorentina were given a spot kick in the 18th minute after Giorgio Chiellini blocked Marco Benassi's cross with his arms.

While Jordan Veretout waited to take the penalty, the VAR (video assistant referee) was consulted. After a three-minute wait, a free kick was given to Juve because Benassi was ruled offside.

The pass to the winger had come off Juve defender Alex Sandro but the VAR deemed he had simply deflected the ball.

"They took a lifetime to decide," Pioli said after the match. "The explanation given to us was that the penalty was annulled because of offside.

"But I do not accept this decision: Alex Sandro made two touches, not just one, it's difficult to believe it was not voluntary.

"For me it was not offside. And then the referee took more than three minutes to decide, how is it possible that he did not go to look at the replay himself?"

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