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Real Madrid want a ‘total change’ in the use and administration of VAR – report



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One of the major talking points to emerge from Real Madrid’s 1-0 loss to Valencia this past weekend, apart from the racist attacks at Vinicius Jr, was the usage of VAR.

During the final minutes of the match, there an on-field brawl broke out between Vinicius and Valencia goalkeeper Giorgi Mamardashvili, with more players joining in the melee.

And, Vinicius appeared to hit Valencia star Hugo Duro which resulted in referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea consulting with the VAR before showing a red card to the Real Madrid winger. However, no card was shown to any Valencia player, despite them also getting physical with the 22-year-old Brazilian.

As such, RFEF took a major step, firing as many as six referees, including the person who was in charge of the VAR for the game between Valencia and Real Madrid, for manipulating the images and not showing the entire scene to the on-field referee.

Now, MARCA is reporting that Real Madrid will not stop at that and will push for a total change in the usage and administration of the VAR system in La Liga.

This is not the first time that the Merengues have expressed their discontentment against the VAR and refereeing in general in the Spanish top flight. And following the incidents at the Mestalla, they will continue their fight for a ‘fairer’ system to be put in place.

There have been instances when manager Carlo Ancelotti and the players have spoken about the officiating and VAR, especially when it comes to the application of handball laws inside the penalty box.

And, the club have now made it a top priority to push for a major change in the VAR system.

“I want to announce that Real Madrid will not tolerate any more racist incidents with our players. The refereeing structure must be changed so that the victim of the crime does not bear the responsibility as it is happening now,” club president Florentino Perez said earlier today.

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Brazil not giving up on pursuit of Ancelotti: “Haven’t thrown in the towel yet”



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Speaking to the media, Brazil Football Confederations (CBF) president Ednaldo Rodrigues has claimed that the Selecao have not given up on their pursuit of Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti, despite the Italian stating that he will not leave the club.

Brazil have been without a manager since the World Cup in Qatar last year, following which Tite stepped down. The CBF have made Ancelotti their top target and have been pursuing his signing for months but to no avail.

The 63-year-old Italian tactician has, on more than one occasion, made it clear that he will be at Real Madrid next season, with his contract expiring in 2024.

However, CBF president Rodrigues is adamant that Ancelotti’s statements are due to him being cautious as he is under contract at Real Madrid and that the Selecao are not prepared to give up on their quest to appoint him as of yet.

“We made a plan, that ‘Plan A’ is the one you know, Ancelotti, and as they say in the ‘ring’ (boxing), I haven’t thrown in the towel yet,” Rodrigues said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).

“Because of contracts, people are cautious,” he added.

Ancelotti, for his part, has repeatedly stated that he does not intend to leave Real Madrid unless he is forced out of the club.

Despite missing out on the La Liga and the UEFA Champions League titles last season, the club continue to back the veteran Italian and are planning for next season with him in charge.

So, despite Rodrigues’ confidence and perseverance, it is extremely unlikely that Ancelotti will be leaving Real Madrid for Brazil this summer.

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