‘We’ve had two points taken away from us’: Belgium boss Roberto Martinez furious at ‘comical’ VAR decision after Wales 87th minute equaliser… as he calls for a proof after it was originally given as offside
- Belgium were held to a 1-1 draw by Wales on account of an 87th minute late equaliser
- Wales Brennan Johnson, 21, got here off the bench to net his first international goal
- Youri Tielemans had opened the scoring for Belgium six minutes after half-time
- Belgium boss Roberto Martinez was furious on the VAR decision for the equaliser
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Furious Belgium boss Roberto Martinez fears ‘comical’ VAR will smash the World Cup and accused the system of costing his team victory over Wales.
Substitute Brennan Johnson’s late equaliser was initially ruled offside, but referee Benoit Bastien was instructed to present it after a protracted pause while replays were checked. Youri Tielemans had put Wales ahead early within the second half.
These replays weren’t available on the large screen while they were being examined but Martinez has since watched them and was left furious by what he saw.
Furious Belgium boss Roberto Martinez fears ‘comical’ VAR cost his team victory in Wales
Wales substitute Brennan Johnson’s late equaliser was initially ruled offside before it was given
‘It’s gone a bit mad,’ said Martinez. ‘We’d like a proof from the VAR committee on how the system works. We’ve had two points taken away from us.
‘I expect a proof from high up, from FIFA, from UEFA, ahead of the World Cup. The lines used to find out whether a player is offside don’t work. It’s comical.
‘I don’t know whether we’d like a 3D system. We’re in a multi-million pound industry and this aspect shouldn’t be serious.
‘The linesman made a superb decision and was overruled by a faulty system.’
Boss Martinez wants a proof from the VAR committee about how the system works
Martinez’s opposite number Rob Page also expressed frustration with VAR after Ethan Ampadu’s early strike was ruled out, again for an offside decision, and again after a protracted delay.
It might have been Ampadu’s first international goal nevertheless it was chalked off because Joe Rodon was in an illegal position when Dan James crossed.
‘They’re taking too long to come to a decision on the marginal ones,’ said Page. ‘I’m undecided what they will do to enhance it, unless they do away with it. I’m undecided it’s improved from last 12 months.’
Wales boss Rob Page also expressed his frustration with VAR after Ethan Ampadu’s early strike was ruled out for an offside decision