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VAR causes utter confusion yet again as Italy awarded late penalty against England

Technology strikes once more at Wembley as Italy deny England victory

VAR is coming to the World Cup this summer and boy are we excited. 

Having seen the farcical video assistant in action during the FA Cup this season, we’re not exactly over the moon with FIFA’s decision.


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While we definitely think the inclusion of new and ground-breaking technology in the modern game is certainly the right step towards improving the quality of refereeing, the chaos it ensues is bloody frustrating, isn’t it?

So far this season, VAR has made a right mess of Spurs’ replay clash with Rochdale, as well as their following game against Swansea.

And then there was that wobbly line incident with Juan Mata.

A fairly regular annoyance during this season’s FA Cup

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A fairly regular annoyance during this season’s FA Cup

And it returned with vengeance in England’s clash with Italy this evening, causing a helluva lot of confusion as Italy were given a late penalty against the Three Lions.

With five minutes or so remaining at Wembley and England leading 1-0, debutante James Tarkowski appeared to clip Federico Chiesa in the box.

The young forward goes over screaming and it certainly looked like Tarkowski stepped on his right foot, but nothing was given initially as Italy prepared to take a corner.

But then the the ref starts to have a gander at the screen and points to the spot, not that anyone inside Wembley knew what was going on.

“What’s going on?”

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“What’s going on?”

Of course, it all kicks off. Kyle Walker finds himself in the middle of a big old scuffle, before Lorenzo Insigne steps up and smashes home into the bottom left, despite Jack Butland guessing the right way.

Insigne beats Butland

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Insigne beats Butland

One again, it was the right decision but it was badly executed. This technology needs some serious work, otherwise this summer’s tournament is going to be laughable.


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