If you have been living under a rock for the past few weeks, or Love Island has taken over your life. You may not have seen V.A.R trending all over social media. V.A.R stands for Video Assistant Referee and is currently being used in the 2018 World Cup. Almost every WC game so far has featured the highly controversial system.
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What Are the Rules of V.A.R?
V.A.R can only interfere in an officials decision if there has been a “clear and obvious error” made in one of four different areas.
Goals- If there is a clear offside, foul or any infringements that the official misses, V.A.R can step in and potentially rule out the goal.
Penalties- This is where the “clear and obvious error” has received some stick. Deciding whether it was a handball, dive or any kind of decision made by the ref can result in a penalty being awarded or rescinded.
However, in the England vs Tunisia game. You could see wrestling moves that Stone Cold Steve Austin would be proud of. Yet, V.A.R did not step in and a penalty was not given. This is just one example (still bitter about it) but, it has happened too many times in the WC so far in plenty of other games.
Straight red cards- V.A.R can intervene if the officials miss any straight red card offences but, not any decisions to do with a yellow card even second yellow card offences.
Mistaken identity- If an official somehow makes the mistake of punishing the wrong player, V.A.R can step in and correct the decision. If only they had that for poor Kieren Gibbs after he was sent off for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlains handball.