The Video Assistant Refereeing has been taking something of a hammering at this year’s Confederations Cup – and with decisions like this, it’s easy to see why.
Chile were in action against Germany in the final of the competition and despite forcing the issue for a sizeable period of the game, they found themselves 1-0 down through a Lars Stindl strike (caused by a mistake in their own defence).
One of the game’s biggest talking points came in around the hour mark, as former West Brom defender Gonzalo Jara elbowed Germany forward Timo Werner in the face.
Here’s the incident leading to the call. Jara clearly clips Werner with a raised elbow pic.twitter.com/STjff6B3In
— Jishnu Nair (@jsnair98) July 2, 2017
After going to consult with the VAR officials in the gantry, referee Milorad Mazic somehow deemed that a yellow card was appropriate, despite Jara clearly using intent and force in the foul on the RB Leipzig striker.
Many on social media also felt that Mazi and the VAR officials got this decision badly wrong and that Chile were lucky to remain with eleven men on the field:
The VAR chaps have got another one wrong.
— Jim Beglin (@jimbeglin) July 2, 2017
There lies the problem with using technology, ultimately it mostly still comes down to human opinion!
Goal line yes as it’s a matter of fact
— Stephen Harper (@steveharper37) July 2, 2017
The VAR is ?
— Alan Cawley (@alancaw) July 2, 2017
Deliberate elbow to the face brings a yellow card under VAR? Laughable.
— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) July 2, 2017
Joachim Low’s side, missing many of their regular internationals, held on to win their first Confederations Cup title, and with that win coming just 48 hours after the under-21s won the European Championships, the future is looking extremely bright for German football.