Scandal game england vs. Cameroon: Referee overruled video assistants
In the scandal game between England and Cameroon in the World Cup Round of 16 (3-0) referee Qin Liang probably played a bigger role than previously known. According to a report in the British daily newspaper "The Telegraph", the Chinese woman has twice overruled the Video Assistant (VAR) - presumably to prevent the Cameroonians from leaving the square in protest. Also statements by Fifa referee chief Pierluigi Collina point to it.
After a foul by Cameroonian Alexandra Takounda shortly before the end to England captain Steph Houghton the video assistant has recommended the red card. Qin Liang left it at yellow. Previously, the referee has also decided on another tricky scene in favor of Cameroon: Ninon Abena had brought down Fran Kirby in the penalty area. The video assistant stepped in and should according to "Telegraph" have pleaded penalty. But Qin Liang decided: no penalty. Probably, to prevent a game crash.
Because of decisions against the Cameroonian team had threatened to leave the field in protest. Before the 1: 0 of the English women, the referee gave an indirect free kick in the penalty area after a back pass. The 2: 0 was fallen after an offside, was the charge of African women. After that, the Cameroonian captain Gabrielle Aboudi Onguéné had to convince her teammates to continue playing.
When a goal from Cameroon was canceled due to offside after the break, the players hesitated again to continue the game. Fifa could still punish the behavior of the players.
The FIFA does not deny
Responding to the case, Pierluigi Collina, referee chief of Fifa, said at a press conference on Wednesday: "It's a misunderstanding that the final decision is always with the VAR, as was the match between England and Cameroon, where the referee is at the end made the decisions. " Thus, the Italians confirmed the arbitrary actions of Qin Liang.
Upon request, if these decisions were made so that the Cameroonians would not leave the field, Collina replied: "This is not part of this presentation." Fifa did not want to deny that.
The fact that a referee intentionally makes a wrong decision in spite of other hints from the video assistant in order to save a game from demolition has never before become public. Fifa is said to have judged Qin Liang's decisions to be "good," the Telegraph said.