Lineker makes interesting point on VAR as World Cup history is made

Gary Lineker led the outcry as France earned the first ever VAR penalty decision in World Cup history.

Fans were in disbelief as referee Andres Cunha awarded Didier Deschamps’ side a delayed second-half spot-kick, moments after Josh Risdon challenged Antoine Griezmann.

Replays appeared to show the Australia defender had made contact with the ball, before clipping the Atletico Madrid forward inside the area afterwards.

Griezmann stepped up to cooly slot his penalty passed Brighton goalkeeper Matt Ryan.

But the condemnation over the use VAR was clear on social media in the aftermath, with BBC presenter Lineker perfectly summing up the sentiments of most football fans.

“The fact opinion is divided on the Griezmann VAR penalty decision suggests that even if it probably was a penalty the decision should not have been changed,” he wrote.

Radio 5Live presenter Colin Murray questioned the use of VAR too – adding his delight that Mile Jedinak had equalised minutes later following Samuel Umtiti’s handball.

He wrote: “People split on French penalty, so put aside whether you think it was a penalty or not… the fact there’s such a split, that it was such a marginal decision, makes it blatantly the wrong use of VAR. So glad Australia equalised."

Republic of Ireland international David Meyler believes the decision actually had a positive effect on Australia.

He said: “If France hadn’t got the penalty and scored. Australia wouldn’t have had kick off, which they eventually won the free kick which lead to Umtiti handling the ball & Jedinak scoring. France were in possession when the ref went to VAR!”

Paul Pogba later celebrated from VAR as his match-winning goal was correctly awarded after hitting the crossbar and crossing the line, giving Les Bleus a 2-1 victory.

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