England got their World Cup off to a dream start thanks to a Nikita Parris penalty as once again football fans raged over VAR.
It took just 14 minutes before controversy commenced as Scotland were penalised for a handball allowing last season's Manchester City star score the spot-kick.
An cic pionóis a bhí anseo #ENGvSCO
— Spórt TG4 (@SportTG4) June 9, 2019
— Dominik Diamond (@DominikDiamond) June 9, 2019
All coaches and managers I’m sure have already got the clipboards and iPads out for the new season noting and preparing practise drills at kicking the ball off opponents hands in the box to win penalties. There will be chaos next season! #Var #penalties #ENGSCO
— John Barnes (@JohnBarnes01) June 9, 2019
— Gary Petersen (@gazpetersen) June 9, 2019
The offence came after Nicola Docherty was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box. The Glasgow City defender had her hand slightly raised as a cross was swung into the box.
On the other hand, the issue is more with the new handball law rather than VAR itself.
Before everyone starts kicking off about the penalty decision for England v Scotland.
It’s not the fault of VAR.
It’s the new Law on handball.
All VAR did was alert the referee to the possibility. The referee still made the final decision on whether to award the penalty.
— Glenn Turner (@no1lino) June 9, 2019
After winning starts for tournament favourites France and Germany already, England were looking to get off to a positive start to Group D with a strong Japan side also in their pool.
It is not the first VAR talking point, French defender Griedge Mbock Bathy had a superb strike against South Korea also ruled out earlier this week.
Bathy met de 2-0. Wel nog even VAR voor buitenspel. pic.twitter.com/6xEiRG9woM
— Tim van Lieshout (@timvanlieshout) June 7, 2019