Vinicius’ goal was disallowed based on an image which didn’t exist

08 Feb 2020

VAR has fuelled an awful lot of debate across Europe in the 2019/20 season, with Real Madrid the latest team to feel aggrieved with it emerging that Vinicius Junior‘s goal against Real Sociedad was ruled out based on an image which didn’t actually exist.

One of the major problems with the technology this term has been the fact it’s unable to provide definitive images of just when the ball leaves the foot of the passer, hence looking into the minute details of whether an armpit is offside or not is rendered somewhat redundant.

Yet, officials have continued to look at images in spectacular detail without being able to definitively prove just when the ball was played completely.

Thursday evening was a prime example of this when after a two-and-a-half-minute delay it was determined that the Brazilian was offside when Luka Modric played the pass.

Once more, the image used to make the decision didn’t appear on television pictures and wasn’t made available until after the match had concluded.

Usually images are rendered instantly and shown to the fans and those watching on television, however there was no single shot in which the attackers and defenders were present along with Modric.

Unfortunately, when there is such a problem with VAR, it calls into question the legitimacy of all other decisions made that evening.

Real Madrid are suspicious of just why certain images weren’t available on Thursday evening and even believe that one of Alex Isak‘s goals shouldn’t have stood, with Los Blancos believing the image used in that case to be inaccurate.

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