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France, Peru enjoy VAR overrule penalty at World Cup

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A view of the video assistant refereeing (VAR) operation room at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia International Broadcast Centre (IBC) in Moscow on June 9, 2018. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

France and Peru were yesterday awarded penalties using the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system in their World Cup Group C and D matches with Australia and Denmark respectively.

Antoine Griezmann scored the 57th minute spot kick.

In a World Cup first, referee Andres Cunha did not initially award a penalty after Greizmann was brought down by Joshua Risdon.

He was alerted by the VAR to a possible penalty and went over to the pitch side monitor. On review, he decided it was a spot kick.

The VAR system is making its first appearance at a World Cup. Four VAR officials, sitting in a room at the International Broadcasting Centre on the outskirts of Moscow are assisting match officials at the tournament.


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