Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin has criticised”a lack of respect” from top European managers after 10 directors didn’t attend a meeting to go over using video assistant referees (VAR).
Ceferin, 51, said the meeting had been held at Frankfurt on Monday with the 16 coaches of the sides left at the Champions League.
But only bosses from Juventus, Lyon, Paris St Germain, Roma and Schalke came with the other nightclubs sending”assistants, additional staff and perhaps marketing people”.
Ceferin excused Liverpool out of attending since they played a Premier League match at West Ham on Monday, that ended.
“For me it’s not simply a lack of respect for [Uefa’s chief refereeing officer] Roberto Rosetti’s team and the Uefa organisation, but the influence of coaches is huge and should they complain about being refereed they should atleast come along and observe what the experts say regarding the use of VAR,” said Ceferin,” that has been re-elected as Uefa president for the next four years.
“Today they do not have any excuses, notably the people that did not even come.”
Include Ajax, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City, Manchester United, Porto, Real Madrid and Tottenham.
VAR is going to be used with the legs of their last-16 ties for first time, across the remainder of the Champions League campaign.