'Barca's problem isn't VAR or referees'


Former FC Barcelona star Rivaldo has criticised club president Josep Maria Bartomeu for saying VAR has favoured Real Madrid this season.

The Catalan giants trail Los Blancos in the title race, but their rivals have been accused of benefiting from decisions since the restart.

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Bartomeu felt the new technology has not been fair since the restart, but Rivaldo does not agree with the President's remarks.

"Sometimes you have the right to feel upset about refereeing or VAR decisions but I do not agree with Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu's claims that there is a bias towards Madrid. Bartomeu is simply trying to distract the media from his club's problems," the ex-Brazil star told Betfair.

"Barcelona are still fighting for the Liga title, and they're still in the Champions League, but this is not a good moment for the club. Bartomeu is trying to use stuff like VAR to justify himself to the fans and pretend that his club's difficulties aren't the fault of himself, the players or the manager.

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"In my opinion, Barca's problem isn't VAR or any refereeing decisions, their main problem is the quality of their football that needs to improve and become again that style of play that everybody loves to see around the world.

"The team was leading La Liga before the lockdown and now is four points behind Madrid, so you can't say VAR is the main reason for that, especially when the team is not playing well."