Football fans saw the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) in action this afternoon at the Confederations Cup, as Pepe‘s first-half ‘goal’ for Portugal was ruled out.
The new technology is being used at a major FIFA tournament for the first-time in history, as the Russian hosts prepare for next summer’s World Cup.
After Cristiano Ronaldo has rattled the crossbar with a thunderous left-footed shot, his Real Madrid team-mate Pepe was on-hand to finish off the move from close-range.
But the referee wasn’t convinced, and sent it to the VAR for a second opinion.
And, sure enough, it appears Pepe had marginally strayed offside, and the goal was chalked off:
El tremendo disparo de Cristiano Ronaldo y luego el gol de Pepe, que fue anulado gracias al VAR 💣 pic.twitter.com/dCfW27ZYx1
— Walter Estigarribia (@EstigarribiaPy) June 18, 2017
All in all, it probably took around 45 seconds from the ball crossing the line to the referee getting the correct decision.
What do you think about the innovation? Is it unquestionably a positive development? Or should we leave the greatest sport in the world alone?