Giant flags cause chaos in Portugal by in a fun way preventing VAR

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English football was introduced to video assistant referee technology last month and the transition would never be easy.

Critics have accused VAR of slowing down the beautiful game, and there is growing fear of the appeal at The Premier League could get a massive hit if the groundbreaking system is brought in.

However, a new and unexpected problem has emerged this week – what happens when a massive flag obstructs VAR when it is called? Chaos, that’s it. Absolute chaos.

As Aves already led 2-0 at home to Boavista in Portugal’s Primeira Liga, they looked to have scored their third as Vitor Gomes shot home from close range.

Gomes, however, appeared to be offside at some distance, so referee Fabio Verissimo sensibly sent the decision upstairs so VAR could fix it. At least that was the plan …

While fans expected the reruns to show Gomes about three miles offside, they were instead greeted with the sight of a huge Boavista flag fluttering around in front of the camera.

The Boavista fan waving the flag can thank his lucky stars for the fact that his team was already 2-0 behind when the incident occurred.

When the repetitions did not show that Gomes was obviously in an offside position, Verissimo was forced to award the goal and the match ended 3-0 to Aves.

Important Note: Do not place your VAR cameras behind massive flags.

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