Solari Questions VAR System Following Surprise Home Loss

Real Madrid gaffer, Santiago Solari was left fuming and questioning the essence of Video technology (VAR) after his side was not awarded in what looked like a penalty during their surprise 2-0 home defeat to Real Sociedad.

With Real trailing 1-0 in the second half, teenage Brazilian Vinicius Jr. fell over the arm of outstretched goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli in the area, but referee Jose Luis Munuera Montero neither awarded a penalty nor consulted the technology.

“There are plays that seem obvious when you watch them live and others that are not, and we believe VAR is for that – when there is no certainty we can consult it.

“If it is not for this then it loses all reason to be. We are all human and we all make mistakes but if we have the option to review the evidence and you do not, it is difficult to understand.”

Real were also denied a penalty in the first half when captain Sergio Ramos collided with Sociedad midfielder Asier Illarramendi.

“I thought the first incident was a possible penalty but I give the benefit of the doubt to the referee and to VAR, but the second one is a penalty every day of the week,” added Solari.

Real went on to suffer a sixth league defeat of the season which left them fifth in the standings after 18 games and almost certainly ended their hopes of catching La Liga leaders Barcelona.