LIGUE 1 - Anger's Romain Thomas furious VAR call was a penalty
Angers defender Romain Thomas pointed the blame at the referees and what he perceives as a failure in the implementation of VAR in an interview with Prime Video following his team's 2-1 loss to Paris Saint-Germain tonight.
On the decision to give the penalty that led to Kylian Mbappé's victory - a handball decision against Perrick Capelle – Thomas alleges that Mauro Icardi fouled him right before the incident.
“It’s unbelievable, what’s happened… To lose 2-1 here is nothing to be ashamed of, but in this fashion, it’s just not possible. We work all week to put in a proper match, it doesn’t make sense that the referees wouldn’t take the time as well. I’m getting tired of this VAR business. We’ve poured millions into it and we don’t even know how to use it.”
“It annoys me because I’m passionate about football and devoted to it, I pay attention to what I do. Icardi commits a foul at the start of the play, he pulls my arm, I fall, and then makes the most of his position to win the penalty. I’m frustrated.”
“Before he went over to see the VAR screen, I took the time to tell him that it wasn’t the penalty incident with the handball and the header, but beforehand. He profits from the duel against me at the start to be in front of the defenders. I ask the referee, he tells me it was checked by the VAR people. That’s not true, it’s a lie!”