Flamengo beat Fortaleza away 2-0 this Sunday (5), in a match of the 32nd day of Serie A of the Brazilian Championship. Even with the three points in his pocket, Rubro-Negro was angry with the refereeing and issued a statement through executive director Bruno Spindel.
The director stressed that criticism of the arbitration would be made by the board itself and not by technical staff. In this sense, Spindel stressed that the club is “dismayed and very frightened by what happened throughout the championship”, highlighting the “lack of criteria, systematic errors and arbitration scales”.
Throughout the argument, the director cited some examples throughout this Brasileirão, including the match between Flamengo and América-MG, in which Gerson received a kick in the face but the VAR was not activated. He also spoke about the expulsion of Bruno Henrique against Santos, which was highly criticized due to the criteria used, and criticized the non-expulsion of Endrick, from Palmeiras, in the match against Athletico-PR this Saturday (4).
During Flamengo’s clash against Fortaleza this Sunday, VAR was disabled for around five minutes in the first half. Meanwhile, Pedro threw the ball into the area and it hit Brítez’s arm.
Anderson Daronco, owner of the whistle, understood that it was not a penalty and that the game proceeded normally, because the movement could not be revised at the moment: “There was a penalty on a ball kicked by Pedro, but it seems that the VAR was not working at that moment. We are afraid that a referee will make such an error, even more when he is selected in the next round”, underlined Spindel in a press release after the match.
“We hope that measures will be taken so that the quality improves, so that these mistakes do not happen again and that the championship is decided on the field and not off it,” added the executive director. On Wednesday (8), Flamengo will face directly in the fight for the G4 of Brasileirão against Palmeiras, in Rio de Janeiro.