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2022 World Cup: Ferdinand Faults VAR Decision To Award Messi Penalty

Man United defender, Rio Ferdinand has criticised the decision of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) to award Lionel Messi a very cheap penalty in Wednesday’s 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Recall that Messi rose to head a cross, with Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny coming out to punch the ball, touching Messi’s face in the process.

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The referee Danny Makkelie awarded a penalty to Argentina after a long check of VAR.

However, the former Arsenal goalkeeper saved the spot-kick from Messi, but Ferdinand was not happy, wondering how that incident could even pass for a foul.

“Disgraceful decision, disgraceful, this isn’t what VAR is here for,” Ferdinand said on the BBC coverage.

“He’s flicked his eyelash for starters, that’s an outrageous decision that’s been made.”

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  • Olujjj 2 months ago

    A keeper went for the ball . Pushed it out.and his hand touch a jumping opponent. The referee got it right but VAR saw another thing that was funny. If it wasn’t Messi wil VAR call that a penalty… ..
    Some people in var room are paid agent.
    That is y I wil not predict a world game again til it lasted.
    Wat it Qatar or Saudi
    Var is getting it wrong . And the moment a mistake is made in a game all var men follow same module. They try to justify their colleagues.just have a look at all fifa organized competitions in the last 6 months it follows the same trend .
    New things rule come up .now we see 10 minutes extra time .
    With offsides or penalty.
    Another one was touching a players leg by error it was red
    Awcon in Morocco .
    Iwobi in afcon
    But at Time we all no the rule
    One day one day a team wil Walk out of a game . The Iranian wer about to do it .
    Messi tried held the ball and he succeeded

    • They wanted Messi to score in all the group matches ahead of CR7 but e over them lol