Wow. What an entertaining game for a neutral fan but Croatia have been so hard done by here. The first two goals for france should never of happened.
Particularly the VAR controversial penalty decision.
Here is the handball rule from the fifa rulebook itself.
A free-kick or penalty will be awarded if a player “handles the ball deliberately (except for the goalkeeper within his own penalty area)”.
The ball was never handled deliberately in this instance. If you watch the replay which the ref has as well. His arm clearly does not move to intercept the ball at all. It is simply there already and no human has the reaction speed to move out of the way of a ball at that speed from two yards away.
Not only that but the idea of VAR is that if called to view something on it. The referee is to be certain of what he’s seeing or stick to his original decision. The amount of time he spent looking at it and then running back was comical and left me and everyone I watched the game with in fits of laughter. What an absolute joke. He should be ashamed of the decision and fifa should review it. 9 times out of 10 VAR has helped at this world cup but i knew there would be a mistake somewhere along the line and in the final itself and to lead to a goal…Wow.
Anyways. Great tournament, well done France despite the luck they were the better team and I believe would of won anyway even at 2 all in possible extra time.
Huge congrats to Belgium Croatia and England for getting so far.
And I second that thanks Jason.