World Cup: Souness, Gary Neville slam FIFA over Japan’s second goal that sent Germany out
Former Premier League stars, Gary Neville and Graeme Souness have expressed shock over the video assistant referee’s decision to allow Japan’s last goal that eliminated Germany from the World Cup on Thursday night.
They were confused as to why the technology did not make its decision clear to viewers.
Japan came from 1-0 down to beat Spain 2-1 on Thursday night, with both teams progressing to the next round of the competition, while Germany and Costa Rica would have to wait until the next four years.
Kaoru Mitoma crossed to Ao Tanaka to score Japan’s second on 51 minutes.
The goal was initially disallowed with the centre referee believing it had rolled out for over but VAR overturned the referee’s decision, ruling that it had not gone out, with replays showing that it was a very close call.
But Souness and Neville are confused as to why the best angle was not shown to them or viewers.
“There was a goal disallowed and VAR has seen something that we’ve not seen in this studio or around the world.
“We can’t get an angle of what the VAR officials have seen,” Neville said on ITV.
Souness added: “Every television studio, every pundit, everyone who’s got an interest in this World Cup will be wanting to see the picture.
“It looked to us in real time as if the ball went out, the pictures we’ve seen it looks like the ball’s gone out.
“Why are FIFA not showing us something that is so controversial…”
Germany was one of the countries widely tipped to win the World Cup in Qatar but they now join fellow European giants and world’s number two men’s national team, Belgium out of the tournament.
Belgium’s goalless draw against Croatia on Thursday confirmed their early exit from the World Cup. Morocco tops the Group F with 7 points, with Croatia coming behind on 5 points.