Colina admits the penalty awarded to Portugal against Uruguay was a wrong decision

Colina admits the penalty awarded to Portugal against Uruguay was a wrong decision
Colina admits the penalty awarded to Portugal against Uruguay was a wrong decision


THOMAS TSOUVARAS
30.11.2022 | 20:11

Uruguayan players protest to referee Alireza Fagiani
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The president of FIFA’s referees committee, Pieluigi Colina, admitted that Portugal’s penalty awarded by VAR in second-half stoppage time against Uruguay was a wrong decision.

Portugal’s penalty win against Uruguay to make it 2-0 caused quite a stir, with the Uruguayans protesting that Jose Maria Jimenez’s hand was a support hand and therefore should not have been awarded.

Alireza Fagani motioned for play to continue, the VAR referee called him to see the phase and reversed his original decision, awarding a penalty. CONMEBOL president Alejandro Dominguez expressed his dismay at the decision, with FIFA Referees Committee president Pierluigi Colina admitting it was the wrong decision.

Eduardo Ash had this to say about the penalty and conceding debate: “It’s a matter that Alonso (Uruguay’s FA president) discussed with Alejandro Dominguez and that undoubtedly affects because one has seen some decisions where VAR should intervene and it doesn’t.

And in this case, the referee was right and VAR calls him and makes a bad decision. The Conmebol president himself spoke to Colina and ended up admitting it was a bad decision“.

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