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Brazil asks FIFA to explain VAR decisions against Switzerland

Tuesday 19/June/2018 - 03:10 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Mohamed Emad

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) has asked Fifa why the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) was not used to review two key decisions they believe hindered their side during Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Switzerland، according to The Guardian.

Brazil players complained long and hard that defender Miranda was pushed by Steven Zuber when he headed home Switzerland’s equaliser early in the second half of their Group E opener on Sunday.

They also believe Gabriel Jesus was manhandled inside the penalty area and should have been awarded a spot kick.

Neither incident appeared to be reviewed.

“The CBF requires to know from Fifa the reason the technology was not used in key incidents during the game،” the organisation said in a statement.

VAR is being used in the World Cup for the first time and، according to Fifa، should only “correct clear and obvious errors and missed incidents in clearly defined match-changing decisions”.

Brazil believe the two incidents، neither of which they referred to directly، are covered by that explanation.

The technology has been used sparingly in Russia with only one major dispute، a penalty awarded to France against Australia that was initially turned down.

The penalty، which was scored by Antoine Griezmann، helped France to a 2-1 victory.

There was also controversy in England’s game against Tunisia، when Harry Kane twice appeared to be impeded but did not receive a penalty.

“Last night showed major inconsistency from the referee and video referee team،” said Euro 2016 final referee Mark Clattenburg.

“The referee wasn’t looking at the incident - which is normal as a lot goes on at corners - but the VAR not giving England a penalty retrospectively was a wrong call. It was a stonewall penalty.

Going forward in the tournament، Fifa needs to have a think about when it is going to intervene.

We’ve seen lots of good decisions but the threshold for a clear and obvious foul seems very high.”

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