England off to a winning start despite issues with VAR
It took a late goal from Harry Kane to see off a well organised Tunisian side. Kane’s second of the night doesn’t tell the whole story. Kyle Walker gave away a first-half penalty which was subsequently scored by Ferjani Sassi. At the other end of the pitch Kane was wrestled to the ground by Sassi in the penalty box but the referee and VAR officials failed to spot it. A similar situation happened for a second time with the same outcome.
VAR has caused plenty of contraversy, here’s how the pundits and fans reacted to it on Social Media.
VAR going wrong isn’t down to VAR officials. Their are 2 of them in their wading through 26 Angles and having to make a call in maybe 20 seconds ! To give you an idea tv co’s will have 14 experienced people doing the same job to get replays inside 20 secs. It’s an impossible ask!
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) June 19, 2018
I prefer a more accurate critique. Excellent first half. Difficult second due to Tunisia, realising they were being overrun & changing to a much more defensive approach. Awful use of VAR, so unlucky not to win by more. And may I remind you that I have 1 more Golden Boot than you. https://t.co/6hZqLr7avo
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 19, 2018
VAR must be broke tonight…. #kaneinaheadlock
— Jermaine Jenas (@jjenas8) June 18, 2018
Morning @FIFAcom don’t forget to switch the plug back on in the VAR room today. Whoever left the office after the Belgium-Panama game at 6pm last night must have switched it off when taking their phone charger out.
— Paul Grimley (@LPP2014) June 19, 2018
Frustration for supporters comes when they see the penalty against Walker/#ThreeLions given and then when Kane is rugby tackled to the floor (at least once) inside the penalty area, play continues. Surely the role of the VAR team should be to alert the ref. He’s missed a foul.
— Tom McDermott (@MrTomMcDermott) June 19, 2018
Genuinely still baffled that not even one of the incidents of Kane being wrestled to the ground in the box was even reviewed by VAR last night… Convinced FIFA want us gone early doors in this one
— 🥃💀 Ollie 💀🥃 (@Ollinho22) June 19, 2018
Before the Eng game; I thought… hmmm VAR ain't so bad after all, bit of pantomime behind it, is it a goal? "Ohhhh no its not"
— Marty (@belsom04) June 19, 2018
— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) June 18, 2018
Just going to Russia to pick up the world cup VAR equipment pic.twitter.com/34fpd8mRa8
— MALLY .D. BAINES (@manumally) June 19, 2018
Just watched the replay of the England vs Tunisia match, how did England not receive the penalties especially with the VARin use? This is the problem with video technology because in another match the same incidents will happen and VAR will intervene and award them.
— Billal Skanda (@BillalSkanda) June 19, 2018
England ‘s next game is against Panama on Sunday, Kick off 13:00 BST.