World Cup VAR overview: Why the referee rejected a handball penalty for Denmark


We’re analysing each VAR determination made all through all 64 video games on the 2022 World Cup. Discover out why Denmark had been denied a VAR penalty on the monitor by the referee.

After every recreation, we check out the foremost incidents to look at and clarify the method when it comes to VAR protocol and the Legal guidelines of the Sport.

– World Cup VAR overview in full: Each determination analysed

VAR overturn rejected: Handball by Meriah

What occurred: Within the 93rd minute, Denmark gained a nook and the ball hit Yassine Meriah earlier than he cleared out of the field. The VAR initiated a overview for handball.

VAR determination: No penalty, overview rejected for one more foul within the buildup.

VAR overview: Full marks to Mexican referee Cesar Ramos, who rejected the recommendation of the VAR, Fernando Guerrero, to award a penalty for handball as he noticed that Denmark’s Mathias Jensen had barged Taha Yassine Khenissi to the bottom because the nook got here in.

On the monitor the referee has all choices open to him, and if he sees an attacking infringement earlier than the incident highlighted by the VAR he has the appropriate to penalise the primary offence.

The sport had continued for one minute and Denmark had a nook when the referee was despatched to the monitor; play restarted with a free kick to Tunisia for the foul by Jensen. In a quirk of VAR protocol, had Denmark scored within the minute earlier than the VAR overview then the objective would have stood with benefit thought of to have been performed; the foul by Jensen would by no means have been picked up or reviewed as a foul within the buildup to a objective.

On the handball itself, although the ball first got here off the physique of Meriah earlier than hitting the defender’s hand, a penalty can nonetheless be awarded. A deflection off the physique would not mechanically cancel a potential handball offence. If the arm is away from the physique, it will probably nonetheless be penalised even with a deflection. However on this case the referee selected to offer the foul in opposition to Jensen that got here earlier than the handball.

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