Women’s World Cup 2019: England In Quarter Finals, Cameroon VAR Controversy

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  • England Reached Quarter Finals Women’s World Cup 2019
  • Cameroon VAR Controversy Erupts
  • Referees and VAR under the microscope

England Reached Quarter Finals Women’s World Cup 2019

England along with the Norway, Germany, and France has now reached the Quarterfinals of Women’s Football World Cup 2019. Team England reached past by defeating Cameroon in the Knockouts with the score of 3-0. They will now face Norway in the Quarters.

England’s victory over Cameroon came after Steph Houghton, Ellen White, and Alex Greenwood contributed for one goal each. Steph Houghton 14the minute, Ellen White in extra time of first half, and Alex Greenwood scored the final goal in the 58th minute.

 

Cameroon VAR Controversy Erupts

England vs Cameroon in the knockouts will be well remembered, not for England’s dominance but for the Cameroon VAR Controversy. At two instances during the game refused to play as the VAR decision gone against them.

“It didn’t feel like football. It was a good win but that wasn’t a World Cup last-16 tie in terms of behavior that I want to see from footballers”, England manager Phil Neville said.

The second goal for England came after VAR decision, initially, the goal was refused by the referee, calling it offside. Cameroon reacted furiously and pointed to suggest the big screen’s replays showed that White was offside.

In the second instance, Ajara Nchout’s goal for Cameroon was canceled after VAR (Video Assistance Review). Cameroon was again angered by this decision.

Referees and VAR under the microscope

Referees are in the question after continuous VAR controversies in the Women’s World Cup 2019. After multiple VAR controversies and minutes of delay in the game is now questioning the ability of Referees.

Pierluigi Collina, chairman of FIFA’s Referees’ Committee, said in a press conference on Friday that the “overall assessment” of referees was “in line with our expectations.”

The Italian further added, “I am very pleased that VAR worked very well so far. Our referees started only after the FIFA World Cup 2018 to practice with this tool and they went through an intensive preparation process to be ready for the FIFA Women’s World Cup.”

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