VAR and the giant flag: how a match in Portugal became the scene of farce

first_imgReferees A match in Portugal’s Primeira Liga became the scene of a farcical incident involving a video assistant referee, a goal from a corner and a giant flag.Aves beat Boavista 3-0 on Tuesday and it was their third goal which was the centre of the controversy. Vítor Gomes scored from close range after reacting to a 70th-minute set-piece, but the midfielder appeared to be in an offside position when he struck.Because of that, the VAR – which is being trialled in Portugal’s top flight this season – was asked to review the incident. But he had difficulty doing so because a Boavista fan located in the away end was blocking the necessary camera with his flag. As a result of not having sufficient evidence to rule out the goal, the referee had no choice but to stick with his original decision.Thankfully for the Boavista fan in question, Gomes’s goal did not ultimately affect the final result, one that means the bottom-placed Aves are now only two points from safety. Boavista, meanwhile, are ninth having endured their 10th defeat of the season. Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest news Reuse this content Share on Twittercenter_img Topics Share on Facebook alex (@illiquidswords)absolute scenes in Portugal tonight, Boavista concede a blatantly offside goal but the ref can’t use VAR to prove it because someone was blocking the camera with a giant flag pic.twitter.com/pJQkwef6iuFebruary 7, 2018 Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Video assistant referees (VARs)last_img

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