VAR made the right call to reverse Victor Lindelof's red card… the player was in control and technology prevails

VAR made the right call to reverse Victor Lindelof’s red card… the player was in control and technology prevails

  • The VAR system was used to analyse a red card awarded to Victor Lindelof 
  • Lindelof appeared to slide through Wolves striker Diogo Jota at Molineux 
  • Referee Martin Atkinson at first look believed the player was out of control
  • VAR correctly deemed the tackle was merely reckless, and was due a yellow 

The VAR system worked and worked well with the decision to overturn Victor Lindelof’s red card.

Referee Martin Atkinson and his assistant Steve Child had a quick consultation following Lindelof’s challenge on Diogo Jota which happened right under the assistant’s nose.

After their conversation Martin concluded the tackle by the United defender was out of control and therefore produced the red card – which would have been absolutely right in that situation.

Martin Atkinson reversed his red card decision for Victor Lindelof after consulting VAR

Martin Atkinson reversed his red card decision for Victor Lindelof after consulting VAR

VAR showed the player's tackle to be reckless but still within control, so warranting a yellow

VAR showed the player’s tackle to be reckless but still within control, so warranting a yellow

Red cards are automatically checked by the VAR – and the upshot of that review was that the tackle was deemed to be reckless rather than out of control. 

And the punishment for that is a yellow card.

So this was definitely a case of VAR working well and getting the right decision. 


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