Coppa Italia final defeat a scandal says Atalanta boss

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Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini says their 2-0 defeat to Lazio in the Coppa Italia final is a 'scandal' after the officials failed to use VAR.

Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini says their 2-0 defeat to Lazio in the Coppa Italia final is a ‘scandal’ after the officials failed to use VAR.

With the game delicately poised at 0-0, Marten de Roon’s goal-bound shot appeared to strike the hands of Lazio defender Bastos, but the referee did not award a penalty and VAR was not consulted.

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Joaquin Correa then scored for Lazio to wrap up a 2-0 win and deny Atalanta their first trophy since 1963, and Gasperini let rip after the game.

‘Are we meant to only use VAR when it’s handy? It was a penalty and a red card,’ Gasperini said.

‘This is a scandal! Tell me why it happened? Give me some justification.

‘This is very serious.

That was going into the goal, it was clearly deflected.

This incident is absolutely worthy of a VAR review.

‘It might not have been seen by the referee, and indeed I didn’t see it either, but the VAR? I want those officials in the booth to come here and explain to me what they saw.

‘The only possible explanation is they had a blackout and couldn’t see the screen.

Either that or they just closed their eyes and looked the other way.

‘Maybe we wouldn’t have won anyway, but it’s really ugly to see this.

It’s ugly.

It shows no respect at all for the Atalanta supporters.’

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