VAR leads debate once again as Scotland crash out

first_imgVAR was at the heart of yet another controversy in the Women’s World Cup on Wednesday as a chaotic end to the 3-3 draw saw Scotland women crash out of the competition.The Scots had a 3-0 lead over Argentina until the 74th minute of their final group game and still had a chance of progressing into the next round before their opponents struck back.Milagros Menendez fired home first for Argentina, before a Florencia Bonsegundo shot hit the crossbar and bounced in off of goalkeeper Lee Alexander to set up a nailbiting final 10 minutes. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The excitment then seemed to have reached its peak when a penalty was awarded to Argentina in the 89th minute. Alexander stopped Bonsegundo’s effort from the spot, following it up with another save, seemingly securing the win for Scotland.But play was stopped to allow the referee to review the video footage, causing a long delay. Eventually, it was ruled that Alexander had stepped off the line before the spot-kick was struck and the referee ordered a retake, with the goalkeeper seemingly marginally off the line.This time Bonsegundo hammered it straight down the middle and past Alexander, completing a remarkable comeback.But the outrage that the incident caused on social media continued after the game, with many players, fans, pundits and even actors and politicians voicing their distain for VAR. I still don’t fully understand how it works, but I understand enough to know that I hate VAR! @FIFAWWC— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) June 19, 2019Great game but let’s be honest that penalty re take was a serious serious joke….. Goalkeepers always come off there line, that referee is a disgrace…. and #VAR once again has ruined a great game of football.Feel bad for the girls, great effort, futures bright! @ScotlandNT— Tony Curran (@TonyCurran69) June 19, 2019Scotland have been completely done in by VAR in the Women’s World Cup. Two penalties conceded for the most pedantic reasons, one apparently clear not given their way.— Robin Bairner (@RBairner) June 19, 2019VAR is an absolute shambles, what a way to ruin football‍♂️ I’ve seen keepers on their 6 yard line before the ball is kicked…Gutted for them— Ryan Christie (@ryanchristie2) June 19, 2019Never seen anything like it. Taking VAR too far now. GK was hardly off the line! #SCOARG— Jamie Murphy (@Jamiemurphy89) June 19, 2019VAR is for pedants. Give us the game back and leave the letter of the law to lawyers.— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarrett) June 19, 2019Everytime I think Football has peaked and I’ve seen everything, it find something new. A VAR retaken penalty to help a team comeback from 3 goals down? pic.twitter.com/G8t0dz4wvG— Carl Anka (@Ankaman616) June 19, 2019VAR has been existence for a season or two across most major men’s leagues. Why is it that we’re only now seeing this incredibly strict interpretation of the encroachment rule on penalties?— Seth Vertelney (@svertelney) June 19, 2019I’m a fan of VAR… But that’s a ridiculous decision once again against Scotland…all penalties would be retaken if goalkeepers are getting called for that…— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) June 19, 2019VAR is exclusively for people who didn’t get picked for the school football team.— Rory’s Da (Sponsored by Good Pizza) (@EHDMJU) June 19, 2019VAR can only work when the people processing the incident understand football, which as it stands they don’t.— Trevor Sinclair (@trevor8sinclair) June 19, 2019last_img

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