The VAR referee who did not see Dumfries’s hands did intervene in Ruibal’s

Barcelona fans have exploded after the penalty awarded in favor of Roma in their Europa League match against Betis. In a play very similar to last Tuesday at the Guiseppe Meazza, the VAR referee Pol van Boekel, has signaled a penalty for Aitor Ruibal’s hand inside Claudio Bravo’s area. The specialist of the VOR room has notified the referee Matej Jug to point out a maximum penalty in favor of Mourinho’s team after seeing on the monitor the clear hands inside the Betis footballer’s area. “The Betis player does not have his hand down quietly. When the ball comes to him, he throws it forward, that arm movement makes the referee call a penalty”, Iturralde González, arbitration analyst for AS and SER, has analyzed.


Nevertheless, It is the same VAR referee who decided last Tuesday in the Champions League clash between Inter and Barcelona to avoid the possible hands of the interist defender Dumfries, which would have meant a penalty in favor of the Catalan team. Hands that made Xavi angry after the match.

The discomfort in Barcelona is maximum since not even the Dutchman Van Boekel sent the main referee Vincic to review the action during the set, while, this Thursday, he did send for his counterpart to see the action on the monitor. He finally signaled a launch from eleven meters in favor of Roma. For Iturralde González, referee analyst for AS and SER, there was no doubt about the penalty in Tuesday’s broadcast: “It’s a penalty, he hits him with his hand. Here the warning can fit because Ansu Fati is just going to finish off”.


The unofficial explanation for the hands not indicated in favor of Barcelona is that there was no clear image that could certify 100% that there was an infraction by the Inter defender. That is why no penalty was awarded.

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