VAR Overturns Second Yellow Card, Player Returns From Dressing Room Just To Receive Straight Red
There's a lot of discussion regarding VAR and whether it is helping or hindering the game but surely everyone will be in agreement once they see how it was utilised in the Legia Warsaw vs Cracovia game last night.
The visitors won the Ekstraklasa fixture 2-0 courtesy of a brace from Javi Hernandez in a five-minute period at the end of the first half.
Legia also finished the game with 10 men after William Remy was dismissed in the 74th minute, but it was not your typical sending off.
The Frenchman was initially shown a second yellow card and sent back to the dressing room, only for the referee to go to VAR.
He was then able to get a closer look at the incident and discover that Remy had stamped on an opponent. Incredibly, the 27-year old was then brought back onto the pitch from the dressing room just to be sent off again.
One might think it was a bit pointless (he definitely did himself judging by his priceless reaction) - but the referee had to do it because a straight red carries a longer ban.
Obrazek weekendu wygląda właśnie tak. Przywołany przez sędziego Piotra Lasyka po interwencji VAR, William Remy już witał się z gąską, gdy zobaczył, że jego druga żółta kartka jest anulowana. Ale za to został ukarany czerwoną :joy: #LEGCRA pic.twitter.com/5kWm22Xzut
- Kuba Jarecki (@JareckiKuba) February 17, 2019
VAR came to make the right decision in the end and if it produces more moments like this, then we're well in favour of it.
Another crazy incident involving VAR came back in August 2017 during the Johan Cruyff shield between Feyenoord and Vitesse Arnhem in the Netherlands.
With Feyenoord 1-0 up through Jens Toornstra, their captain Karim El Ahmadi, formerly of Aston Villa, clipped Tim Matavz inside the area.
The referee did not point to the spot and play continued. Feyenoord then broke in devastating fashion, Nicolai Jorgensen pouncing on a goalkeeping spillage and adding a second goal in front of the rapturous home fans.
Or so he, and the rest of the Feyenoord fans thought.
Because there had not been a stoppage in play and Feyenoord were on the attack in a swift manner, Danny Makkelie, the man in the middle, didn't have the opportunity to immediately review the penalty incident that had occurred around 20 seconds earlier.
And so he elected to go the pitchside VAR system to check over the incident after Feyenoord's goal - much to the confusion of players and supporters alike.
After watching the footage for a considerable period of time, he made the decision to chalk off the goal and award the penalty he missed in real-time, with El Ahmadi getting a yellow card.
Former Manchester United left-back Alexander Buttner stepped up and did the business from the spot, completing a dramatic couple of minutes in Rotterdam.
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