Video referee helps Spain defeat France in friendly, fans love it

After what seems decades of talking about using video referees in football, the technology finally made its mark on Tuesday night when it was used to right two wrongs in Spain’s 2-0 friendly win over France in Paris.

Despite other sports such as cricket and rugby using video technology without problems for years, it has taken football far too long to enter the 21st century.

Well, now it’s here and it’s use at the Stade de France was one of several FIFA trials with a view to it being rolled out on a larger scale.

First, it was used to cancel out Antoine Griezmann’s 48th header after Layvin Kurzawa was ruled offside in the build up.

Then, a little bit later a replay showed that Gerard Deulofeu was actually onside when he scored what turned out to be Spain’s second goal after he was initially flagged for offside.

Both decisions took around 30 seconds to confirm, with a minimum of fuss and thankfully an overwhelmingly positive response from tweeps around the world.

But of course, not everyone was a fan

But when Didier Deschamps, the man on the wrong end of both decisions, praises the VAR system, then you know it’s inevitable.

All we need to ask now is why did it take so long?

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