VAR was supposed to ensure blatant penalties are enforced and up until Monday night, it seemed to be doing so. England however, was on the end of the first bad verdicts. Apparently, UFC is in for some hilarious aid.
VAR has been on the cutting edge of talks before the World Cup. Annoyingly though, football pundits have assured there’s a lot of rumours about it since the tournament has kicked off.
Officials sitting awkwardly in their kit in Moscow have spotted on all the decisions through computers, making conversations turn pretty annoying.
On Monday afternoon, Sweden’s penalty was 100% correct according to VAR’s monitoring with South Korea running down the other end of the pitch. The system was flawlessly implemented in this case.
After a few hours though, England lost its luck. The referee somehow failed to penalize a Tunisian defender’s spear on Harry Kane in the area on the stroke of halftime and VAR didn’t enforce it as well.
Amusingly, UFC Europe is willing to give a hand to the ‘cheated’ player (in MMA form though):
— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) 18 June 2018
What made the referee’s bad decision even worse was that Kane and England should have also had a succeeding penalty. It was a rear choke hold being employed in a corner:
The ref was getting a good load of Twitter abuse at the moment. Obviously, it was because of a really piss poor game.
Here are what the raging fans have to say:
Well done referee. What an absolute whopper
— Chris Boden (@bodenknights) 18 June 2018
You’re hard pressed to find a bad referee at the World Cup, so the odds of us finding five of them at once must’ve been decent. Wish I’d put money on it.
— NUFCThreatLevel (@NUFCThreatLevel) 18 June 2018
This referee is an absolute joke and he has five officials helping him in a room. Pathetic.
— Jordan Clarke (@FourFourJordan) 18 June 2018
Probably the first bad referee of the World Cup, and the same referee responsible for sending off the wrong player in the Confederations Cup, and also being responsible for River Plate’s Copa Libertadores exit after missing a blatant handball and penalty decision.
— Dharma Bhagalia (@Kloppholic) 18 June 2018
Referee has serious resemblance to this Tunisian manager….brothers? Cousins? #ENGTUN
— Kalle & Nisse Sauerland (@SauerlandBros) 18 June 2018
Luckily, the poor verdict had nothing to do with the end result, with Kane retaliating on the officials with a last-gasp victory to kick England’s World Cup campaign off in perfect fashion, no thanks to the ref.