Did Video Assistant Refereeing Robbed Portugal Of A Clear Penalty Against Chile?
Ever since the inception of video technology in the ongoing Confederations Cup, there has been lot of debate going on about FIFA’s vision on using the new feature in football.
There is a split in opinion over the use of video technology in the games as it could end up all arguments between fans. Especially in the big games, like the one between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in Champions League where the refereeing was so poor.
However, the newly introduced Video Assistant Technology (VAR) is not without flaws entirely, as is the case with every other sport, it does provide an edge for the referee which making decisions.
This debate once again came up when VAR was not so useful during the semifinal clash between European champions Portugal and their South American counterparts Chile.
But the main issue is not with the system though, as it is the referee who takes the call whether to ask help from Video panel or not. This proved a massive mistake on the night as Chile were clearly denied a penalty.
The referee make a blunt mistake during the extra time when Chile appealed for penalty against Portugal. But the referee did not ask any help from video box over the decision.
Replays suggested that South American champions were robbed of their spot kick and this has once again raised questions over VAR.
However, despite the mistakes from referee, Chile have managed to win the game at the end courtesy of penalty shootout.
Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo had won the game for Chile as he proved to be decisive man in the penalty shootout.
Chile went through by 3-0 after a goalless 120 minutes at Kazan Arena. However, the biggest talking point from the game is the flaws in the usage of VAR once again.
Definitely more evolution in the way the technology is used is needed in the coming tournaments. If the technology is properly used then we might very well see more fair results in football.
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