Maurizio Sarri has again hit out at the use of video assistant referees, and says he does not want VAR introduced to the Premier League next season.
England’s top division is following in the footsteps of many of its European counterparts, including La Liga and the Bundesliga, by introducing the system from next season.
Sarri – who experienced VAR in action during his time with Napoli in Serie A – was critical of the system following Harry Kane’s controversial winner over Chelsea in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.
The referee in charge of VAR for that game, Chris Kavanagh, will officiate Chelsea’s match against Newcastle on Saturday, but Sarri said: “The problem is not the referee.
“The problem, for me, is that they are not ready to use VAR. The linesman stopped his run and for a player, this is the signal of offside.
“But it’s normal. They are using the system for the first time so they need to get used to using the system.
“I don’t like the video assistant referee, that’s my opinion. We risk to change the atmosphere in the stadium. You score but you have to wait 30 seconds to celebrate. It’s negative for the atmosphere in the stadium.
“I am used to playing with the system, because in Italy we used it, starting three years ago. I don’t like it. I don’t know what to say.”