World Cup 2022: Fans react to the bizarre offside given

World Cup 2022 was never going to start quietly, was it? Ecuador and Qatar had barely played five minutes of football before VAR stuck its oar in.

Enner Valencia could have had a hat-trick, too. The former Everton and West Ham striker scored a penalty after 13 minutes, having been brought down in the area by Saad Al-Sheeb – and he managed to double La Tri’s lead 20 minutes later with a stunning bullet header around eight yards from goal – but it’s the opening finish, ruled out by the seven-strong VAR team, that has caused the most conversation.

Valencia was deemed to be offside after his knee was seen to have strayed over the dreaded line. But it seems not all agreed with the decision…

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You don’t need us to tell you that Kammy has a poor record it comes to spotting refereeing decisions…

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Given that the goalkeeper was ahead of the last defender at one stage, football fans around the world may well have been explaining to less interested friends that actually, it takes two players to keep the line in an offside.

Mark Goldbridge suggesting something more sinister afoot. 

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That’s the kind of line we’d like to see benefit England.

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That’s all of us, by the way.

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Once you see it, it makes more sense.

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This angle is much clearer, too. 

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Others were less sure of corruption.

TV presenter Richard Osman, meanwhile, joking that the penalty could well have been given against Ecuador after all. 


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