VAR stopping a match for it check has been in the news since its inception. Being used almost everywhere now. it is still debated whether it should be. Whatever it is, VAR has certainly has led to a few breaks during matches- many a times rather breathtakingly.
While VAR stopping games for a check has become almost a routine, a Saudi Arabian league match saw VAR not working for a rather bizarre reason. It was reported that one of the stadium workers unplugged the VAR device to charge his phone.
⚽️✋ En el partido entre Al-Nassr y Al-Fateh de la Liga Profesional Saudí, el VAR dejo de funcionar repentinamente. 🤔
Lo que descubrieron después fue que un trabajador del estadio lo desconectó para poder cargar su celular. 📱
¡Prioridades! 😅 pic.twitter.com/YYnc5pSSJf
— KAREN MANZANO (@KarenManzano) October 8, 2019
Meanwhile in Saudi Arabia…
VAR was stopped in a game between Al-Nassr and Al-Fateh, because one of the stadium workers unplugged the VAR device to charge his phone. 📱🤣 pic.twitter.com/oEfflsnCE6
— James Bankole (@Richeebankz) October 8, 2019
Weirdest story of the day; VAR was stopped in a Saudi League match between Al-Nassr and Al-Fateh, because one of the workers at the stadium unplugged the VAR device to charge his phone instead.
— Mootaz Chehade (@MHChehade) October 8, 2019
This is incredible. In added time in Bolivia, referee goes to sidelines to make decision to award Always Ready against Bolívar. Signals decision to award penalty using VAR signal. The Bolivian league doesn’t have VAR technology. The penalty was not scored.pic.twitter.com/dKMoEHcHXk
— Colin Millar (@Millar_Colin) August 3, 2019
Chairman of the Saudi Arbitration Committee Fernando Trisaco said after the match that the use of VAR is still a problem. “As a software, VAR still has many drawbacks,” he said.
Al-Nassr went onto win the league clash thanks to a 49th minute goal from Firas Al-Buraikan. Al-Hilal is leading the points table and is closely followed by Al-Wahda with a gap of two points. With the loss, Al-Fateh failed to break their losing streak as they stand at the bottom of the table with just one point.