“If a referee does not use a VAR, he commits a sports crime”: Napoli chief Aurelio De Laurentiis considers SUING Italian officials for compensation after claiming that his side has been the victim of bad decisions this season
- Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis said he would consider suing referees
- Arkadiusz Milik was apparently wrongly booked for diving against Lecce
- The referee refused to use the monitors to review his decision to book the Pool
- And De Laurentiis states that referees currently have little responsibility
Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis has admitted that he is considering suing referees in the future if they refuse to use the VAR monitors.
The Serie A side was involved in a controversial incident during their 3-2 defeat against Lecce last weekend when referee Arkadiusz Milik booked for simulation.
But then he refused to look at it again, despite the encouragement to do so from the VAR stand because the pole’s ankle was indeed caught.
Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis has threatened to sue Italian officials for bad decisions
The Italian authorities have proposed to introduce a tennis-style VAR challenge, allowing coaches to request limited on-field reviews.
But for now, De Laurentiis has maintained that referees cannot escape his financial wrath or a sense of responsibility if they refuse to consult the technology in question when requested.
De Laurentiis told Corriere dello Sport: “I have always maintained that any support system that is intermittent or optional is unthinkable. It must be mandatory.
‘If a referee, either due to incompetence or arrogance, does not use VAR, he commits a sports crime because he compromises the result.
Napoli was involved in a controversial incident when Arkadiusz Milik was booked for diving
But the referee refused to judge it through the monitors, despite the encouragement of the VAR stand
“Soccer is not just a game. It is also an industry that produces very important economic results.
‘Why not? The principle of ‘you pay for mistakes’ helps all democratic processes and football is no different. If a judge sends the wrong sentence, he can be summoned to pay damages. Should a referee not be held to the same rules?
‘Napoli has refused countless penalties this season. I don’t just say that, but I recognize it in the media.
“If this chain reaction of errors would lead to a financial loss of € 200 million, who would pay us back for it?”
And De Laurentiis believes he will take action to punish referees for similar incidents in the future