WATCH: New VAR technology causes chaos in Real Madrid’s Club World Cup win over Club AmericaPublished December 15, 2016
FIFA’s attempt to implement more video technology into the global game was the subject of an embarrassing fail on Thursday morning, as the new VAR software caused widespread confusion among officials over Cristiano Ronaldo’s late strike.
Using video replays as part of a trial in the Club World Cup in Japan, the governing body’s new initiative fell flat on its face as Real Madrid’s semi-final against Club America was marred by a late incident that saw Ronaldo’s 90th minute effort chalked out and then eventually re-awarded as officials struggled to use the technology.
In the immediate aftermath of the match, an visibly irritated Los Merengues coach Zinedine Zidane suggested that the system would need to significantly improve if it is to be used with regularity in other major competitions across the globe.
“VAR has created some confusion, and things have to be made clearer,” he said.
“The problem is that we have to adapt to what FIFA wants. Technology has to improve and that’s what it’s all about.
“Today the decision was fair, it was checked and it’s clear that Cristiano [Ronaldo] was not offside.”
Real midfielder Luka Modric, meanwhile, also criticised the new system, saying that he felt it didn’t fit in with football as a game.
“Video assistance is a new innovation which I don’t like, to be honest,” he told reporters.
“It creates a lot of confusion and it’s not football, for me.
“We had a meeting with the referees the other day to discuss video assistance replays. I did not listen too much as I don’t expect it to continue.”
Despite the unfortunate incident, Real Madrid confirmed their place in the final of the tournament thanks to goals from Karim Benzema and Ronaldo.
They will play Japanese side Kashima Antlers in Sunday’s showpiece final.