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Huge VAR controversy as France score World Cup final penalty

Huge VAR controversy as France score World Cup final penalty
By Eurosport

15/07/2018 at 16:37Updated 15/07/2018 at 19:20

When FIFA introduced VAR for the 2018 World Cup, everyone knew it would come into play in controversial fashion.

The group stage was littered with VAR-assisted decisions - many of them correct, a few not so much (Cristiano Ronaldo and the missing red card, for example).

VAR seemed to disappear in the knockouts in Russia 2018 but it returned with a vengeance in the final as France played Croatia.

At 1-1 in the first half, a cross from France struck the arm of Ivan Perisic, entirely accidentally given he had no time to react when the ball flicked off the head of a France player.

But shockingly, after much deliberation, the penalty was given by referee Nestor Pitana.

People weren't very happy.

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