Football incidents that needed video technology
FootyOn pick out 7 memorable football incidents that needed video technology, as VAR is gradually being introduced to ‘the beautiful game’.
Video Assistant Referee has been used at the likes of the 2017 Confederations Cup and Under-20 World Cup, where goals have already been disallowed.
If only the technology was around since football’s beginning, there would have almost no unjust moments.
However, many would argue that, without the below incidents, football’s history would be a lot more boring, with nowhere near as many high profile controversies debated about over the last decades.
But tell that to the victims of the moments, and they will surely have differing opinions.
Read on for our pick of memorable football incidents that needed video technology most, with alternate headlines…
Arsenal win 2006 Champions League?
Arsene Wenger was recently asked which decisions during his career he would’ve like to change by VAR, and he stated the 2006 Champions League.
“I would choose Barcelona’s equaliser in the 2006 Champions League final because it was offside, and we were 1-0 up with 30 minutes to go,” the Frenchman said.
Samuel Eto’o was the man in question, who actually scored in the 76th minute before Juliano Belletti got the winner, and you can watch it again below…
Hand of God denied?
What would football be without Diego Maradona’s famous/infamous Hand of God goal scored against England in the 1986 World Cup quarter-finals?
It may or may not have influenced the outcome of the game, as it was 0-0 at the time in the 51st minute, but it surely inspired one of the game’s greats to net one of the best ever just a few moments later.
Argentina ran out 2-1 winners, and eventually beat West Germany 3-2 in the final to win the trophy in Mexico.
ROI upset France to qualify for 2010 WC?
More recently, and still a very sore subject for Republic of Ireland fans, is their 2010 World Cup second leg play-off against France.
After losing 1-0 in the first leg at home, Robbie Keane’s goal at the Stade de France took the Boys in Green to extra-time, and it was fair to say momentum was on their side.
However, in the 103rd minute, Thierry Henry handballed to keep the ball in play before setting up former Arsenal teammate William Gallas to send Les Bleus through to the South Africa finals.
It has since been dubbed ‘Le Hand of God’ or the less PC version ‘Hand of Frog’.
Lampard goal inspires England comeback v Germany?
Back to the World Cup finals, this time at the tournament Ireland cruelly missed out on.
England fans were similarly left wondering what could have been, as Frank Lampard’s strike in the last 16 when 2-1 down quite clearly cross the line after hitting the crossbar.
However, Germany dominated the match and eventually won 4-1, so who knows?
Schumacher sending off helps France to final?
Rolling back the years to the 1982 World Cup semi-finals, Germany again profited from dodgy refereeing.
Relentless keeper Harald Schumacher came charging out of his goal to stop France’s Patrick Battiston from scoring.
However, he got 100 per cent of the man, and 0 of the ball, and knocked him out cold – as well as a few teeth. Battiston also suffered a damaged vertebra and was even in a coma after the game.
The ref inexplicably didn’t even give a card or foul, and the Germans eventually went through to the finals on penalties.
Carroll fumble hands Spurs victory
Away from the World Cup, then-Manchester United keeper Roy Carroll provided much pressure on officials back in 2005 when he fumbled a long-ranged effort from Tottenham’s Pedro Mendes.
The Northern Irishman clawed it away, only after it crossed the line, but Mark Clattenburg’s assistant was unable to see what most did.
It eventually ended 0-0 in the Premier League fixture, though didn’t affect too much in the table.
West Germany win 1966 World Cup?
We’ve saved the best until last, but surely the officials can’t be blamed for this incident as no one is still absolutely sure about it over 50 years later.
Bitter rivals England and West Germany were level at 2-2 at the time in extra-time, until Geoff Hurst fired the ball past the keeper off the upright.
What we don’t know is that did it actually cross the line? Many claim to prove it did or didn’t, but we may never actually know.
Hurst scored a hat-trick to finish off the match anyway, to help England to their only major international trophy success.