FIFA World Cup qualifiers: Coronavirus pandemic blamed for lack of VAR after Cristiano Ronaldo’s complaints

FIFA World Cup qualifiers: Coronavirus pandemic blamed for lack of VAR after Cristiano Ronaldo’s complaints

Portugal’s path to the 2022 World Cup has been difficult by Ronaldo being denied a stoppage-time winner towards Serbia on Saturday

FIFA World Cup qualifiers: Coronavirus pandemic blamed for lack of VAR after Cristiano Ronaldo's complaints

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo reacts throughout the World Cup 2022 group A qualifying match towards Serbia. AP Photograph

Cristiano Ronaldo’s tears and rage over the absence of VAR had already hastened the introduction of the know-how in a single competitors.

He’ll now be hoping UEFA takes notice of his video-review protests as soon as once more.

Portugal’s path to the 2022 World Cup has been difficult by Ronaldo being denied a stoppage-time winner towards Serbia on Saturday. The ball crossed the road, regardless of Serbia defender Stefan Mitrovic’s try to brush it clear. However with no goal-line know-how or VAR to verify that to the referee, the purpose was not given.

Ronaldo, the Portugal captain, ripped off his armband and tossed it onto the sector, storming off the sector in disgust.

It introduced again recollections of Ronaldo’s Champions League debut for Juventus in September 2018 when he was despatched off for showing to tug at an opponent’s hair in a choice that would not be reviewed by VAR. Juve protested and UEFA introduced inside every week that VAR can be launched by the next season.

UEFA stated it supposed to make use of VAR within the World Cup qualifying marketing campaign that started final week however determined it was too difficult to take action regardless of it being utilized in latest Champions League and Europa League knockout part video games. VAR depends on a few video assistant referees receiving a dwell feed of a number of angles from matches and a direct connection to the referee.

“In 2019 UEFA had proposed to FIFA the implementation of VAR within the present World Cup qualifiers,” UEFA stated in a press release. “The affect of the pandemic on operational and logistical capabilities led UEFA to delay the implementation of VAR within the Europa League group part (to 2021-22 as a substitute of 2020-21) in addition to to withdraw the proposal to implement VAR within the 2022 European qualifiers.

“VAR was additionally not in use within the UEFA Nations League group stage within the autumn of 2020 and has due to this fact to-date by no means been utilized in UEFA nationwide crew qualifying group stage matches.”

That clarification is just not passable for Portugal, who are stage on 4 factors with Serbia in Group A relatively than being forward.

“I advised the referee on the pitch, with nice respect, that it’s unacceptable to play a World Cup qualifying match with out VAR and goal-line know-how,” Portugal coach Fernando Santos stated.

Portugal have assist from their neighbours with Spain additionally complaining concerning the lack of VAR when Greece was awarded a penalty that led to the qualifier being drawn on Thursday.

Spain seemed in management however defender Iñigo Martínez’s foul inside the realm led to Greece’s equaliser from the penalty spot within the 57th.

Spain loudly complained concerning the penalty name, which couldn’t be reviewed.

FIFA, which organises the World Cup, didn’t reply to a request for touch upon Sunday.

“I feel that VAR helps soccer, it’s definitely not damaging soccer,” FIFA President Gianni Infantino stated in December, responding to irritations about using know-how.

Now the main target is on the shortage of VAR, which made its World Cup debut in 2018.

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