Wednesday, October 12, 2022

An exemplary use of video review in today's Champions League between Atlético Madrid and Club Brugge

Late in the scoreless first half of the UEFA Champions League group-phase match between Atlético Madrid and Club Brugge this evening, Brugge's winger Tajon Buchanan entered the penalty area with the ball and had a run-in with Atlético's left back Nahuel Molina. After the referee called a penalty for Brugge, the video-assistant referee intervened, and the referee reversed his call: the video made clear that Buchanan had stepped on Molina's ankle, not vice versa. Video review may still generate a great deal of discussion, but this was precisely the kind of call that it was designed to fix: when the referee's initial call is clearly wrong in such a significant situation. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 12 October 2022)

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