Mon. May 16th, 2022


Tuesday night have been suspended indefinitely by the CONMEBOL Referees Commission.

This comes after the lead referee, Uruguay’s Andres Cunha, did not send off Argentina centre-back Nicolas Otamendi for an elbow on Brazil winger Raphinha. His VAR assistant, Esteban Ostojich, has also been punished.

Argentina vs Brazil controversy

Andres Cunha did not see the incident live, but Esteban Ostojich in the VAR room watched it from several angles and did not notify his compatriot to inform him that Otamendi should be sent off for an act of violent play.

The discussion between the officials

A video has emerged of Cunha and Ostojich discussing the Otamendi and Raphinha incident.

Assistant: Watch his face

Assistant: He touches his leg, for me there is no blow. Look just in case

VAR: Watch his face.

Main referee: I didn’t see a blow.

VAR: With the forearm in the face. Normal speed, give it to me. I want to see the intensity.

Main referee: They are checking it.

VAR: I want to see the intensity. Normal speed. It’s with the forearm, did he get fouled at least?

VAR assistant: No.

VAR: I reckon that here, the blow is with the forearm to the face, with medium intensity, yes, in the face. This seems to me to be a yellow card foul, I don’t consider it a red card, Ale. Do we agree?

VAR assistant: We agree.

VAR: Andres [main referee], check complete. Improper use of his arm.

Main referee: Okay, okay, it’s clear.

VAR: And it’s outside the area. Give me 10 more seconds, please. Go back.

VAR assistant: Wait, don’t restart. Wait.

VAR:¬†There, give me the replay of whether it’s inside or outside.

VAR assistant: It’s outside.

VAR: But let’s confirm it. Outside, the incident is outside. Go on, continue, continue.

By Nwosu Chizoba David

Nwosu Chizoba David is a soccer lover and writer. He is a graduate of Biological Sciences, presently teaching in a secondary in Lagos.

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