Women’ World Cup 2019: Commendable Cameroon loose to VAR controversy
London, June 23, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Cameroon’s players were left incensed by two controversial decisions from the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) during their FIFA Women’s World Cup last 16 match against England on Sunday as England’s 3-0 win descended into rank farce.
The players’ rage justifiably heightened after Phil Neville‘s side scored their second goal in their 3-0 win at Valenciennes in France.
The Lionesses, who had gone ahead through Steph Houghton’s close range free kick, had a goal by Ellen White disallowed for offside at the end of the first half. But it was quickly given following a VAR review, prompting dramatic scenes. It was similar to the fiasco exhibited during Nigeria vs France game
Incensed by the decision, Cameroon’s players appeared to almost refuse to restart the game as they argued with the referee, pointing to the screen in the stadium which showed the replay.
Cameroon refused to take the restart for several minutes after VAR Bastian Dankert – who was also in the role for controversial 3-3 draw between Scotland and Argentina last week
The flag had initially been raised against the striker from Lucy Bronze’s pass and Cameroon’s players, led by Ajar Nchout, felt the wrong decision had been made when a replay was shown on the big screens in the Stade de Hainaut. They formed a huddle and remonstrated with referee Qin Liang before eventually restarting the game.
Cameroon’s burning sense of injustice was compounded two minutes into the second half and Ajara completely lost her head when her thumping finish was ruled out by the VAR because Gabrielle Onguene was deemed to be offside when she crossed for the playmaker.
Unlike the first, it looked a harsh decision and, again, Cameroon’s players were incredulous following the big-screen replay. Ajara, who was in tears, had to be consoled and restrained by Cameroon coach Alain Djeumfa and her teammates
The scenes marred what would have otherwise been a commendable performance form the lowest ranked team left in the competition.
The Lionesses will play Norway in Thursday’s quarter-final Agency