- May 6, 2005
- AFL Club
That was interesting viewing!England 3 v 0 Cameroon. England looked shaky at times but were not punished. But today we saw the women's world cup descent into farce.
Refereeing and VAR (again).
England's 2nd goal was clearly onside but the assistant flagged it as off. VAR review awarded a goal. IMO they should not be reversing that scenario because you can't know if players have changed their behavior due to the flag going up.Cameroon scored what look like a good goal but VAR ruled a player had a toe offside. There needs to some margin of error allowed in order to reverse a decision.Then late in the game VAR was used to judge a bad tackle. Should VAR be used for this? The ref got the decision wrong twice. Didn't even give a yellow card at first then VAR clearly showed the Cameroon player going past the ball to rake her studs down the England player's shin and stamp her foot - which should have been a red.Excessive use of VAR is taking the game too far from what the rest of us play at the weekends. FIFA urgently needs to review its use after so many bad decisions.
The behaviour of the Cameroon players, coach and other coterie.
After England's 2nd goal was awarded by VAR the Cameroon players gathered in a huddle and refused to restart the game. The ref should have yellow carded the captain, then if play didn't start immediately should have abandoned the game.After the Cameroon goal was cancelled by VAR for offside their players went to the bench for several minutes with the coach talking to and hugging them rather than sending them back on the field. The ref should have allowed England to take the free and score an unopposed goal.Apparently at half time the Cameroon coach told his players the ref wanted England to win. There were reports of claims of racism but that was later denied.Phil Neville spoke after the game and referred to the poor behaviour by the Cameroonians including fights in the hotel and fights in the VIP area.
phil was quite upset at their behaviour and standard of the game. he says he had the bigger picture in mind