Video Assistant Referee is causing controversy again.
The World Cup is just a few days old, but it is has already proved significant in both Portugal v Spain and France v Australia.
France were controversially awarded a penalty after Josh Risdon’s challenge on Antoine Griezmann was ruled to be a foul.
The referee, Andres Cunha, initially didn’t give a foul, but reversed his decision minutes later after consulting with VAR.
Many fans were still convinced Risdon got a small touch on the ball and that the penalty should not have been awarded.
Antoine Griezmann would convert the spot-kick, and France would eventually go on to win the game 2-1.
VAR has been controversial since it’s introduction in football, but when used correctly, it’s no doubting that it can have a positive impact on the game.
One man that evidently feels this way is former Liverpool player, Luis Garcia.
The Spaniard scored a controversial Champions League semi-final winner against Chelsea in 2005, which some have labelled the ‘ghost goal’.
Many believe that the ball did not cross the line, including Jose Mourinho.
Garcia, however, has always maintained that the ball crossed the line.
He has now sent a fantastic tweet about the incident in reaction to the VAR controversy, and it’s just brilliant.
“I’d have loved to have VAR back in 2005!!! #Overtheline #NeverGhostGoal”
— Luis Garcia (@LuchoGarcia14) June 16, 2018
That is quality from Garcia.
TV cameras have never proven whether the his shot actually crossed the line or not.
But 13 years on from that incident, Garcia still maintains that the officials were right to give the goal.