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Barcelona coaching staff furious over controversial VAR call during Villarreal clash



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Barcelona were made to work hard for their second win of the season when the Catalans had to come back from behind to secure a 4-3 victory over Villarreal last night.

As is often the case, some of the refereeing decisions once again became the talking point of the night.

The second Villarreal goal from Alexander Sorloth, in particular, appeared particularly questionable as the forward was in an offside position during the buildup.

Barcelona coaching staff unhappy with VAR call

According to Javi Miguel, Barcelona’s coaching staff is furious over the fact that Sorloth’s goal was awarded despite the forward’s positioning.

During the build-up, the Norwegian frontman appeared to be behind the last man of Barcelona. But despite reviewing the incident, VAR awarded the goal to Villarreal.

This sparked a lot of furore within the Barcelona coaching staff, who argue that the decision was measured from the knee and not the shoulders. Therefore, the goal shouldn’t have stood.

The Catalans, though, deserve credit for producing an excellent performance in the second goal and pulling things back.

Barcelona believe Sorloth’s goal should not have stood. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

Although the visitors did concede in the 50th minute, goals from Ferran Torres and Robert Lewandowski ensured the three points.

Not the first grievance

However, that does not take anything away from the fact that Barcelona have already become a victim of poor refereeing calls many times this season.

In the very first matchweek of the season, Barça were denied a clear penalty against Getafe over a wrong handball decision against Gavi, which the Referees’ Technical Committee later admitted was a mistake.

Barcelona’s coaching staff believes this is the umpteenth error and the season has only started.

This once again marks a poor image of La Liga’s refereeing standards, which must be rectified sooner rather than later before it starts affecting the results on a large scale.

Barcelona, nevertheless, climb to third place in the league table following the win over Villarreal. The Catalans will take on Osasuna in their next game.

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