VAR heavily criticised again during Barcelona vs Lyon

Another week, another VAR debate

The Video Assistant Referee system has been heavily criticised in the Champions League again following several issues in the Barcelona vs Lyon clash.

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There’s been much talk about VAR in recent weeks.

The system was first implemented at the World Cup in the summer and actually received a lot of plaudits.

That lead to discussion as to where else it could be implemented and the decision was taken to include it in the Champions League this season from the knockout stages onwards.

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Though, since the knockouts, we’ve been speaking about VAR for all the wrong reasons.

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Problems persist week after week

The first high-profile problem came in the first leg of Manchester City vs Schalke.

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Schalke were awarded a penalty after VAR adjudged Nicolas Otamendi to have handled in the area.

Though, an awful lot of people on social media thought it was very harsh.

It was even revealed later on that the pitchside screens were not even working during that clash so the referee couldn’t see the events himself.

An even more controversial VAR decision came in the second leg between Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.

Presnel Kimpembe was adjudged to have handballed in the area, handing Man United a 92nd-minute pen which knocked PSG out.

PSG were not impressed in the slightest, Neymar even had to be restrained when confronting referees.

Now, there’s been more debate over VAR.

 

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Barcelona – Lyon drama

First of all, VAR awarded Barcelona a penalty which divided opinion.

Jason Denayer went in for a tackle on Luis Suarez before pulling out but Suarez stepped on his foot before going down.

After a VAR review, the penalty was given, much to the surprise of several on social media.

It was even suggested on social media that there were technical problems during the review of the penalty.

There was further criticism when Lyon scored to make it 2-1.

VAR checked the goal, as they do with many goals, but their review took extremely long and the length of delay was heavily criticised.

Social media reacts to VAR performance

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