VAR which means Video Assistant Referee have had its first controversial issue after Ajax fans believe Nicolas Tagliafico goal against Real Madrid ruled was a bad decision made by the referee.
The Amsterdam outfit should have been a goal up in the 38th minute but after a long look by the Slovenian referee Damir Skomina, the goal was ruled out.
Champions League introduced VAR for the very first time in the annual club football competition on Wednesday, February 13, and the decision has got fans worked up on social media.
The decision clearly affected the home team as their momentum was slowed after being robbed of an important lead going into the half-time break.
Twitter erupted moments after the decision with fans branding VAR as biased to the dominant European giants and defending champions, with some fans dubbing it ‘Video Assisted Real’.
One fan singled out the long duration of the decision itself as a clear sign that VAR was not as effective and joked they would need VAR for VAR.
Meanwhile, another fan hilariously suggested that VAR stood for Victory Always for Real. UEFA Champions League came out and strongly defended the decision and said Dusan Tadic was not only offside but was and interfering with the goalkeeper.
“The referee identified that Tagliafico’s teammate Dusan Tadic was in an offside position and interfering with the goalkeeper preventing him form playing or being able to play the ball — as the header was being made,” UEFA tweeted.
Meanwhile, Continentour.com.ng had earlier reported that Ajax fans were arrested by Dutch police in the early hours of Wednesday morning in Amsterdam for setting off fireworks and firecrackers in front hotel where Real Madrid are based.
The supporters disturbing the European champions’ sleep ahead of Ajax’s Champions League tie with Los Blancos.
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