Sun | Feb 25, 2018

Video controversy in Juve's 2-0 win

Published:Friday | February 9, 2018 | 11:16 PM

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) - Video technology caused controversy in Juventus's 2-0 win at Fiorentina yesterday.

Federico Bernardeschi scored against his old team before Gonzalo Higuain sealed victory as Juventus moved top of Serie A, two points above Napoli, who host third-place Lazio today.

But there was an incident in the first half that took centre stage.

Fiorentina were awarded a penalty in the 18th minute after Giorgio Chiellini blocked Marco Benassi's cross with his arms.

While Jordan Veretout waited to take the spot-kick, the VAR (video assistant referee) was consulted. After a three-minute wait, a free kick was given to Juve because Benassi was offside.

The pass to the winger had come off Juve defender Alex Sandro but the VAR deemed he had simply deflected the ball.

"They took a lifetime to decide," said Fiorentina coach Stefano Pioli. "The explanation given to us was that the penalty was annulled because of offside.

"But I don't accept this decision: Alex Sandro made two touches, not just one, it's difficult to believe it wasn't voluntary.

"For me it wasn't offside. And then the referee took more than three minutes to decide, how is it possible that he didn't go to look at the replay himself?"

Fiorentina almost went ahead before the break when Gil Dias ran almost from halfway before unleashing a fierce shot that crashed off the post into the arms of goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who was making his 500th Serie A appearance.

Fiorentina had Juve pinned back early in the second period but the visitors took the lead with a superb Bernardeschi free kick in the 56th minute.