The Bergamaschi manager Gian Piero Gasperini put the blame on the match officials as his side were defeated by Lazio in the Coppa Italia final last night.
It could have been Atalanta’s first trophy since 1963, but two late goals from Milinkovic-Savic and Correa ended the Nerazzurri’s hopes once and for all.
The episode behind Gasperini’s furious remarks in the post-match interviews was that of a handball by Lazio defender Bastos after Marten de Roon took a shot towards goal.
“Are we meant to only use VAR when it’s handy? It was a penalty and a red card,” Gasperini said.
“This is a scandal! Tell me why it happened? Give me some justification.”
The score was still 0-0 when the alleged incident occurred with Bastos also being already booked and therefore on risked receiving a second yellow card.
It was Serbian midfield powerhouse Sergej Milinkovic-Savic who opened the score for the Biancocelesti in the 82nd minute before Joaquin Correa doubled the lead in stoppage time.
With the seventh Coppa Italia win in their history, Lazio have now gained access to next season’s Europa League as well.
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“This is very serious,” Gasperini continued. “That was going into the goal, it was clearly deflected. This incident is absolutely worthy of a VAR review.
“It might not have been seen by the referee, and indeed I didn’t see it either, but the VAR? I want those officials in the booth to come here and explain to me what they saw.
“The only possible explanation is they had a blackout and couldn’t see the screen. Either that or they just closed their eyes and looked the other way.
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“Maybe we wouldn’t have won anyway, but it’s really ugly to see this. It’s ugly. It shows no respect at all for the Atalanta supporters.”
Despite the disappointment in the Italian Cup, Atalanta can still secure Champions League football for the first time if they had to win their last two league fixtures – against champions Juventus and against Sassuolo in the last match.