Perticone jokes on social media: Speaking from a world without VAR… it feels good

Romano Perticone, an Italian footballer, has recently turned to social media with a somewhat sarcastic take on the VAR (Video Assistant Referee) system and Serie D, the fourth tier of Italian football. Known for his dry wit and humorous comments on social networks in recent years, his latest comments haven’t gone unnoticed.

In a recent post, Perticone stated: “Good evening, I’m speaking from a world without VAR (Serie D). It’s nice here, more than nice. Kicks, punches and bottle hits like in the good old times. Romantic football. Long live football.” The reference to the absence of VAR in Serie D and a seeming nostalgia for a more old-fashioned version of the game is clear.

The context to Perticone’s comments relate to recent controversies erupted in the Serie A fields in the last round, where criticisms of VAR have become increasingly vocal. Information provided by a post on, a well-known Italian football news site.

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