Tuesday 26 June 2018

#WorldCupUpdate: Iran coach criticise FIFA and VAR after World Cup exit

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz launched a blistering attack on FIFA and the use of VAR following his side's World Cup exit.
Iran were held to a 1-1 draw with Portugal on Monday evening, but Queiroz was outraged when Cristiano Ronaldo was not sent off in the final 10 minutes for an off-the-ball elbow on Morteza Pouraliganji.

The incident was reviewed on the pitchside screens by referee Enrique Caceres after a VAR referral, but he decided a yellow card would suffice.

Queiroz said: "The reality is you stop the game for VAR and there is an elbow. An elbow is a red card in the rules. The rules don't say if it is Messi or Ronaldo it's a little bit. Going back to the story about my daughter yesterday, I need to know if I am a grandfather or not. I don't want to know if my daughter is 'a little bit' pregnant or there is evidence. It is a red card. The question, for me, is not about the referees. It is about the attitude and the bravery and the character. The decisions must be clear for everybody, for the people. In my opinion, Mr Infantino and FIFA, VAR is not going well. That is the reality. The truth must be respected and we need to know who is refereeing the games. I am not in a good mood, as you can see. If you implement VAR then to make mistakes is not human. To make mistakes is when a man alone on the pitch could not see something. We accept that."

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