VfB Stuttgart: Bruno Labbadia rages after losing to the video assistant

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Bruno Labbadia rages after the defeat of his VfB Stuttgart and two VAR penalties against the Kölner Keller and speaks of “defeated” referees.

Stuttgart – In fact, the introduction of video evidence in footballBundesliga and the 2. Bundesliga ensure more justice, but now there is only “VAR” frustration across the country.

Bruno Labbadia (57) no longer understood the world after the VAR intervened twice in his VfB Stuttgart game at SC Freiburg.

Bruno Labbadia (57) no longer understood the world after the VAR intervened twice in his VfB Stuttgart game at SC Freiburg. © Bernd Weissbrod/dpa

After the bitter 2-1 defeat in Baden-Württemberg’s duel at SC Freiburg, the VfB Stuttgart coach, Bruno Labbadia (57), has now lost his collar.

“I don’t want to talk about the penalty decisions, but rather what the VAR was used for. It was used for blatant mistakes. I find it impossible for the basement to intervene where the referee, if you watch him closely, completely clearly said: ‘No foul.’ He needs ten minutes outside to make a decision. We can pack up,” the coach raged on the Sky microphone and continued to complain:

“I can get 20, 30 scenes out of every game where there’s a foul, where you can’t whistle. We can wrap it up there.”

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Background to his statements: After VfB Stuttgart took the lead through a goal by Chris Führich (25) in the 30th minute, two penalty decisions in the second half turned the game in favor of SC Freiburg.

Twice central defender Dan-Axel Zagadou (23) was the cause, twice referee Sascha Stegemann (38) decided on penalties after consultation with the video referee in Cologne basement, Sören Storks (34).

VfB Stuttgart coach Bruno Labbadia rages on the Sky microphone: “I have no idea about football!”

Bruno Labbadia denied the football competence of the video referees in the Cologne basement.

Bruno Labbadia denied the football competence of the video referees in the Cologne basement. © Bernd Weissbrod/dpa

Freiburg finally won thanks to two converted penalties by Vincenzo Grifo (29) in the 60th and 84th minutes.

The second whistle in particular infuriated Labbadia, because Stegemann watched the situation on the television for minutes after Zagadou fouled Ritsu Doan (24).

He kept in touch with Storks, who had radioed Stegemann in the first place, to reconsider his original decision not to award a penalty. Finally he pointed to the point.

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When Labbadia was asked what the explanation was, he added: “There is no explanation. There is only one explanation that the people sitting in the basement have no idea about football because you can’t give it . And above all, you can’t get the referee out there who makes a clear decision. You’re screwing up the referees, because it’s still the case that they have to make their own decisions, and that’s becoming more and more accepted.”

Bruno Labbadia made it clear at the press conference: “I’m a total opponent of VAR”

According to referee Sascha Stegemann (38), Dan-Axel Zagadou (23, left) caused two penalties, which drove Labbadia upset.

According to referee Sascha Stegemann (38), Dan-Axel Zagadou (23, left) caused two penalties, which drove Labbadia upset. © Imago / Eibner

In the official press conference, the VfB coach repeated the criticism:

“If you saw the referee’s hand movement for the second penalty, then it was clearly not a penalty, he said. Then he’ll be expelled and, in my eyes, denied,” said Labbadia.

He made it clear that he was a total opponent of VAR because it was destroying football. Labbadia’s main concern is that the Kölner Keller not only intervenes in the event of blatant wrong decisions – for which the VAR was created – but now has almost every controversial scene near the penalty area checked.

Decision-making usually takes forever and often revises the factual decision of the impartial.

In Leipzig, too, there were heated discussions after RB’s equalizer against Union Berlin was withdrawn, in which coach Marco Rose (46) heavily criticized the intervention of VAR.

He and Labbadia will probably not make peace with the Cologne cellar anytime soon.

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