Argentina Are Outraged At Referee's Refusal To Use VAR's Advice For Two Important Penalty Appeals

Argentina are furious that the referee refused to use VAR's advice for two crucial penalty incidents in the Copa América semi-final match with Brazil.

According to Globo Esporte, Uruguayan Leodan Gonzalez was one of the officials using VAR for the hotly anticipated clash and called for Roddy Zambrano to review two penalty decisions.

But the Ecuadorian, 41, refused to take a look at what could have been two vital penalties for Argentina.

And the Argentine Football Association are outraged and have made a request to CONMEBOL to have access to the audio between the VAR team and Zambrano.

The FA will take it one step further by demanding that the audio be made public, with Argentina visibly frustrated at the decisions made against them in their 2-0 loss to the host nation.

Argentina captain Lionel Messi launched a scathing attack on the "bulls**t" refereeing decisions in his post-match interview.

"They were not better than us. They found the net early and the second goal came from a penalty [to Sergio Agüero] they didn't award," the Barcelona superstar told reporters.

"They [the officials] had called a lot of bulls**t, but they didn't even check the VAR, that's unbelievable.

"That happened all over the game. At the first glance of contact, they ruled in their [Brazil's] favour and this kind of bulls**t distracted us from the game.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

"Throughout the tournament they called bulls**t handballs, bulls**t penalties and bulls**t fouls. But somehow today, they refused to use VAR.

"There is no excuses for us, but we need to review this, analyse it and let's hope CONMEBOL does something about it -- but surely not, because Brazil commands too much power in the organisation."

Goals from Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino sealed a 2-0 win at the Mineirão on Wednesday to send Argentina crashing out of the semi-finals.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Peru beat Chile 3-0 on Thursday at the Arena do Grêmio to progress to the final on Sunday.

Lionel Scaloni's Argentina side will play against Chile in the third-place playoff match at the Arena Corinthians on Saturday.

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