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Referee forced to contact VAR room by MOBILE PHONE to confirm goal mid-game after bizarre tech issue

VAR issues during a Serie A match forced officials to confirm a goal via mobile phone.

Referee Maria Sole Ferrieri Caputi briefly interrupted Frosinone’s clash with Monza shortly after the hour mark half for an unknown reason, an interval which allowed players to rehydrate.

The Serie A match between Frosinone and Monza was blighted by VAR communication issues

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The Serie A match between Frosinone and Monza was blighted by VAR communication issuesCredit: Rex
Referee Maria Sole Ferrieri Caputi had to halt the match in the first half due to the VAR drama

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Referee Maria Sole Ferrieri Caputi had to halt the match in the first half due to the VAR dramaCredit: REX
She awarded Monza their second goal of the match after the fourth official received a phone call from VAR officials

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She awarded Monza their second goal of the match after the fourth official received a phone call from VAR officialsCredit: Rex

Play resumed after a few minutes, although many were left wondering the reason for the impromptu stoppage.

It soon became apparent the issue was VAR-related after Monza doubled their lead in the 45th minute.

A problem in the VAR room initially prevented the use of slow-motion replay.

The on-the-field officials were also unable to communicate with their VAR counterparts – meaning one of the VAR team had to ring the fourth official and tell the ref that the goal was fine.

The technical problems continued in the second half of the match.

So much so that the stadium announcer went on the tannoy to announce that they were operating without any VAR.

The issue was eventually resolved and the announcer promptly informed fans that the technology was once again back in use.

Monza ran out 3-2 winners at the Stadio Benito Stirpe to further Frosinone’s relegation fears.

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Monza rant out 3-2 winners against relegration battlers Frosinone

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Monza rant out 3-2 winners against relegration battlers FrosinoneCredit: REX

Strikes from Dany Mota, Valentin Carboni and an own goal Matias Soule saw the Biancorossi pick up all three points.

Frosinone are now only five points clear of the drop zone, although they have played a game more than 19th and 20th-placed Empoli and Salernitana.

Monza will be back in action next Saturday, welcoming table toppers Inter Milan to the Brianteo Stadium.

Frosinone, meanwhile, travel to the Allianz Stadium on Thursday to take on Juventus in the quarter-final of the Coppa Italia.

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