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VAR Assessment: Why Lukaku purpose was dominated out for Openda handball


We’re analysing each VAR choice made all through all 51 video games at Euro 2024. On Monday, Belgium thought that they had scored an important equaliser in opposition to Slovakia within the 86th minute, however the VAR had different concepts.

After every sport, 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 Recreation.

Potential handball: Openda in buildup to Lukaku purpose

What occurred: Romelu Lukaku bagged an 86th-minute equaliser when he swept house a shot after good work by Loïs Openda, who reduce the ball again for the striker to attain. As quickly because the ball hit the again of the web Slovakia defender Denis Vavro appealed for handball, and because the Belgium gamers raced away to rejoice, the VAR, Bastian Dankert of Germany, started a examine.

VAR choice: Aim disallowed.

VAR evaluate: It is the type of handball within the buildup to a purpose which you will not see within the Premier League, however is all the time more likely to be penalised in UEFA competitors which has a a lot stricter interpretation.

As Openda wasn’t the purpose scorer, the VAR and the referee, Turkey’s Halil Umut Meler, have to guage it to be a deliberate act.

Openda was trying to carry off Vavro and his fingers brushed the ball as his hand got here down. Some will really feel the motion of the arm is deliberate, however many others will consider it was the pure motion of his physique and may by no means end in a VAR evaluate.

It isn’t the type of choice anybody actually anticipated VAR to be making when it was launched, however UEFA will insist on its tips being utilized in these instances. But it surely does go away a nasty style.

UEFA additionally received the prospect to point out its new “snicko” characteristic for the primary time, which makes use of a “heartbeat” line to show the ball, which has a chip inside it, has been touched by the hand. It was anticipated this might be used for a participant who had scored a purpose, quite than a attainable deliberate handball within the buildup. If you happen to want “snicko” to show the handball, is it actually that consequential to the purpose?

Potential offside: Lukaku when scoring

What occurred: Belgium scored within the 56th minute when Lukaku tapped house from shut vary after Amadou Onana headed again throughout purpose. Whereas Belgium celebrated it was clear that the VAR would wish to finish an offside examine.

VAR choice: Aim disallowed.

VAR evaluate: The handball wasn’t the primary heartbreak for Lukaku on this sport, with the striker having two targets dominated out by the VAR.

For this earlier incident, half of his physique was in entrance of the ball because it was headed by Onana.

Whereas Lukaku was in entrance of the final defender, the purpose would have counted if he had been behind the ball.