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Juventus Club Official Receives First VAR Related Ban

Insults aimed at the video assistant referee have resulted in a two-week ban for Juventus sports director Fabio Paratici.

The Serie A judge also fined Paratici £18,000 (€20,000) for ‘severely offensive and insulting expressions’ aimed at the VAR while exiting the field after a 2-2 draw at Atalanta on Sunday.

Mario Mandzukic thought he had extended Juventus’ lead in the second half but his goal was ruled out on video review following a foul by Stephan Lichtsteiner on Alejandro Gomez in the build up.

The match resulted in Juventus dropping their first points of the season.

It’s the first time a player or official in the Italian league has been banned for insulting the VAR, which is being introduced to mixed results this season.

Paratici will be banned from the field and changing room during the Bianconeri’s match against Lazio on October 14.