Video refereeing proved its worth at the weekend during the Under-20 World Cup final in South Korea between Venezuela and England. The match was officiated by Dutchman Bjorn Kuipers who consulted his video assistant Danny Makkelie late into the game.
In the 73th minute, Kuipers awarded Venezuela a penalty after Adalberto Penaranda went down following a foul by England defender Kyle Walke. Kuipers immediately pointed to the spot and consulted his Video Assistant Referee - VAR - to clarify the decision. Makkelie confirmed that it was the right decision.
The Young Lions were leading Venezuela 1-0 at the time. England goalkeeper Freddie Woodman, however, saved Penaranda’s spot-kick. After the match, Kuipers’ performance won international approval. “Kuipers refereed this game exceptionally well, with authority in taking this decision,” in the words of a UK commentator.