Cristiano Ronaldo was he stormed off when an injury time goal he rightly scored was disallowed by the referee during a qualifying match for the 2022 World Cup with Portugal against Serbia.
The ball had clearly passed the line before being cleared, but the VAR and goal line technology were not implemented in the game.
The disallowed goal denied victory to Portugal, who had to settle for a 2-2 draw. Ronaldo was visibly frustrated with the decision not to concede the goal, shooting off the field and throwing the captain’s armband to the ground.
Why don’t the qualifying games for the 2022 World Cup have VAR?
As not all stadiums used for World Cup qualifiers have goal line technology, it was agreed that it would be unfair if the systems were used at some venues and not others.
The sport’s governing bodies decided that no qualifier would use technology in a move to ensure fairness during qualifying stages.
However, Portugal’s head coach Fernando Santos was not satisfied with the reasoning and put forward his demands that VAR and goal line technology be implemented for the later stages of qualifying.
“The referee apologized and I have great respect for him, but it is not allowed that, in a competition like this, there is no VAR or goal-line technology,” Santos. He said The ball after the draw against Serbia.
“The ball was half a meter inside the goal, there was no obstacle between the goalkeeper and the goal line. It was very clear.”
Ronaldo after took to instagram to explain his anger that led him to leave the field.
“Being captain of the Portugal team is one of the greatest privileges of my life and it fills me with pride,” said Ronaldo. “I always give and I will give everything for my country, that will never change.
“But there are tough times to deal with, especially when we feel like an entire nation is being harmed.”
The referee who officiated the match, Danny Makkelie, offered an apology to both Ronaldo and the Portugal team after the match.
“In accordance with FIFA policies, all I can say is that I apologized to the national coach, Fernando Santos, and to the Portuguese team for what happened,” Makkelie. The ball.
“As a refereeing team, we always work hard to make good decisions. When we are in the news like this, it doesn’t make us happy at all.”
UEFA initially intended to use VAR in World Cup qualifying matches, but later decided that the means of implementation were too complex due to the Covid-19 pandemic, despite such a protocol being used in the Champions League and the Europa League.
The VAR requires video assistant referees to use live broadcasts of the game at multiple angles and high-speed technology to fully function.
“In 2019, UEFA proposed to FIFA to implement VAR in the current qualifiers for the World Cup,” UEFA said in a statement. The impact of the pandemic on operational and logistical capacities led UEFA to delay the implementation of the VAR in the Europa League group stage (until 2021-22 instead of 2020-21), as well as to withdraw the proposal for implement VAR in the 2022 European group stage. qualifiers.
“VAR was also not used in the UEFA Nations League group stage in autumn 2020 and has therefore never been used in UEFA qualifying group stage matches to date.”
Will goal line technology and VAR be used in the 2022 World Cup?
Yes, the VAR will be used in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
It will be the second time that VAR will be used in a World Cup tournament, after the 2018 edition in Russia.
There was a number of controversies during the 2018 World Cupas Saudi Arabia received a second penalty against Egypt and Swede Marcus Berg denied a penalty against Germany.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.