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Twitter slams VAR for error Atletico-Juve clash

Twitter reacts as VAR overlooks handball shout in Atletico-Juventus clash

September 18, 2019 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
Another matchday, another VAR controversy.

Fans on Twitter have once again lashed out at the essence of the Video Assistant Referee after the technology failed to spot what is seemingly a genuine penalty call in Wednesday's Champions League clash between Atletico Madrid and Juventus.

The epic encounter between the two European could have potentially served up a winner had it not been for the non-performance of the VAR. Both sides went at it hammer and tongs inside the Wanda Metropolitano where an incredible fightback saw Los Rojiblancos secure a 2-2 draw with their opponents from Turin. Goals by Juan Cuadrado and Blaise Matuidi were relinquished by Stefan Savic and Hector Herrera, the latter's coming right on the 90th-minute mark.

However, before the Mexican midfielder ensured that spoils were shared with a thumping header, Diego Simeone's side were denied the opportunity to get a goal from a spot-kick after the referee waived a handball decision. Argentine forward Angel Correa did well to cut back but could not find either Costa or Joao Felix who got in each others way in an attempt to fire home.

The ball subsequently ricochet onto Juventus center-back Bonucci's arm but despite the the protests, play was made to continue. Clearly the incident - which has been likened to Moussa Sissoko's ill-fate against Liverpool in last season's Champions League Final - is one that has not gone down well among football fans on social media.

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