World Cup history was made during Saturday's Group C opener when VAR was used to award a French penalty, but Australian coach Bert van Marwijk certainly wasnt happy with the development.
Socceroos coach van Marwijk criticized Uruguayan referee Andres Cunha following the first meaningful use of Video Assisted Refereeing (VAR) at the World Cup in Russia.
Antoine Griezmann scored from the penalty spot to put France one up, and speaking to the media after the match, van Marwijk couldnt hide his disappointment of Cunhas handling of the game.
“I hoped that maybe one time there would be a very honest referee, and in that moment, that he wouldnt go to the video screen,” said van Marwijk, who coached the Netherlands to the World Cup Final in 2010, AFP reported.
Van Marwijk was aggrieved at the manner in which Uruguayan official raced to the sidelines to view footage of what appeared to be a foul by Australias Josh Risdon on Griezmann.
“I saw him standing there. The body language was that he didnt know, from my position.
“And then you have to take a decision – France or Australia. I got a lot of reactions, lets say that out of 10 people seven said it was a penalty and three said no penalty. So I dont know. I have to see it.”
He added that he believes the referees decision to consult VAR could have been influenced by the raucous French support in the crowd.
“Its very difficult to decide when you have 50,000 people on his back, he must decide. He was standing very close to the moment of the penalty, and he said directly, Go [play] on.
“Hes also a human being, and everyone makes mistakes.”