Opinion split on decision to award France penalty in World Cup final
Antoine Griezmann scored a controversial spot-kick just before half-time to give France the lead.
Pundits and players past and present were at odds as to whether Video Assistant Referee was used correctly after the award of a penalty which handed France a 2-1 half-time lead in the World Cup final.
With the scores locked at 1-1, Antoine Griezmann’s corner was handled in the area by Ivan Perisic after Blaise Matuidi missed his glancing header, however referee Nestor Pitana referred to VAR and pointed to the spot for Griezmann to regain the lead for Les Bleus.
Here, Press Association Sport looks at how social media reacted to the decision.
Noooooooo!!!! Can’t give that. Jeez VAR.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 15, 2018
#VAR 2:1— Lukas-Podolski.com (@Podolski10) July 15, 2018
If the ref decides in real time it’s not a pen. That should be that. Nobody in the ear. If he’s unsure, he should be allowed to check. We don’t need 5 people in a studio somewhere else. Just copy both codes of Rugby. It works! 🙈👍🏻— Joey Barton (@Joey7Barton) July 15, 2018
VAR VAR VAR VAR— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) July 15, 2018
Shocking call from the referee never a penalty. Bad side of Var again #WorldCupRussia2018— Jason MCATEER (@MCATEER4) July 15, 2018
If one of the French players headed the ball and it hit Perisic then yes I understand it will be called a penalty. No French players anywhere near the ball to score other than the run across the near post. Referee is given what he has seen and in the rule book it's a handball.🙈— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) July 15, 2018
Shambles of a decision... #var— Robbie Fowler (@Robbie9Fowler) July 15, 2018
I think every player has to cut there arms off next season... #VAR— Yussuf Y. Poulsen (@YussufYurary) July 15, 2018
I’m not having that one bit 👎🏻— Steve Sidwell (@sjsidwell) July 15, 2018
Well done France 2-1 up - The Laws of the game say Handball has to be deliberate!!!!! VAR a success so far ? Do be a favour— Chris Kamara (@chris_kammy) July 15, 2018
Of course there is a VAR pen in the final 🙄🤦🏻♂️ #FRAvsCRO— adam federici (@federici32) July 15, 2018
So the ref takes 5 minutes to decides wether he wants to give a penalty or not and extra time is only 3 min?— Ryan Babel (@Ryanbabel) July 15, 2018