Date: 19th June 2018 at 7:00am
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Ian Wright vented on Twitter during England’s opening World Cup game in Russia, after a couple of controversial incidents involving Tottenham striker Harry Kane.

Despite VAR being used in the game, Kane was rugby tackled to the ground in the box from a corner in the first-half and nothing was done about it, despite Tunisia getting a penalty for a much softer incident.

Then, in the second half, Kane was man-handled again, in a blatant move that was picked up by the TV cameras. Again, nothing was awarded.

It was too much for Wright, who found himself forced into tweeting an expletive-led post, thankfully self-censored with stars.

Football Insider verdict:

VAR has been brilliant up to this point, but there was an obvious failing that shouldn’t go unquestioned just because England went on to win. We were told that VAR would pick up incidents like this but England were awarded nothing, despite the evidence being blatant. The first incident especially was laughable – a rugby tackle from a player who made no attempt to get the ball. To be honest, it was so blatant the referee, who was right in front of Kane, shouldn’t have needed VAR. However, after he missed it, it should have been a simple affair to call the penalty from video evidence. The big problem with this is that it says to defenders that it’s okay to hold and ultimately wrestle attackers to the ground. The problem isn’t with VAR though, but the people that are administering it. England should present the evidence and demand answers – not just for them, but for the good of all attackers in this tournament. If a decision like this costs a team progression, or worse the World Cup final itself, VAR will become a laughing stock.

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