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VAR Would Have Ruled Out Ireland's Late Equaliser Against Switzerland

VAR Would Have Ruled Out Ireland's Late Equaliser Against Switzerland

In the aftermath of Ireland's 1-1 draw with Switzerland, Swiss boss Vladimir Petkovic was annoyed at conceding a late equaliser to drop two vital points.

Futhermore, Petkovic stated that Ireland's goal should have been ruled out for offside. Scott Hogan was in an offside position when James McClean's cross was whipped in, courtesy of a deflection from Kevin Mbabu. Hogan then challenged for the ball alongside Mo Akandji and goalscorer David McGoldrick.

In the letter of the law, Hogan effects play and an offside should be given. However, without his assistant's flag nor VAR to help, the referee didn't whistle.

Likewise, the Swiss media are also unhappy at the fact the goal stood.

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Despite VAR being scheduled for use in EURO 2020, as well as being utilised in all of Europe's big leagues, as well as the Nations League, it is not being used in the European Championship qualifiers.

The reason for this is because UEFA want to give referees more time to adjust to the system. UEFA want all referees to go through the necessary training before using VAR in next summer's finals.

We don't think our hearts would've handled it if Didzy's goal was ruled out.

SEE ALSO: What Ireland Need To Do To Qualify For The Euros After 1-1 Draw Against Switzerland

Sean Meehan

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