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Enrique Cerezo labels VAR a disgrace

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Atletico Madrid President Enrique Cerezo branded the VAR a ‘disgrace’ following Alvaro Morata’s disallowed goal against Juventus

VAR adjudged Morata to have fouled Juve defender Giorgio Chiellini, and Movistar+ claims Cerezo watched the rest of the match in an anteroom at Wanda Metropolitano out of frustration.

“He left the room from time to time and made comments against VAR,” according to Football Italia.

“He watched the goals on TV. He was outraged. At the end of the match, he kept saying: ‘Let me tell you, it’s a disgrace.’”

AS writes the 70-year-old also criticised VAR before the Champions League last-16 first leg, which Atleti eventually won 2-0.

“Before VAR, there was a problem. Now there are two…” the newspaper quoted him as saying.

Morata who witnessed his goal chalked off after Chiellini went down easily complained bitterly about the canceled goal.

“It’s a very important victory because Juventus are one of the best teams in the world,” the Chelsea loanee told Football Italia.

“It won’t be easy in Turin. I celebrated my goal here because it meant so much to me, but I’d never do it again.

“I wanted to greet my former fans, who did a lot for me. Chiellini? If he did to me what I did to him, it wouldn’t have been a penalty.

“I’d need much more to throw Chiellini to the ground. In return leg, you can never say never. We must go there with belief.”

Juve’s manager Allegri has expressed optimism that his side can overturn the deficit in the second leg in Turin.

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