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World Cup: Ridiculous, terrible – Alan Shearer, Chris Sutton slam VAR over Messi’s penalty


Premier League legends, Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton have lambasted the video assistant referee for awarding a ‘ridiculous’ penalty to Argentina during their 2-0 win over Poland on Wednesday.

The South Americans qualified for the round of sixteen of the 2022 World Cup by beating the European side.

Lionel Messi rose to head a cross, with Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny coming out to punch the ball.

And in the process, the former Arsenal goalkeeper touched Messi’s face and referee Danny Makkelie decided to award a penalty to the Argentina superstar after a long check of VAR.

It was pointless as Szczesny saved the spot-kick from Messi to keep the game goalless at half-time, but Shearer and Sutton were fuming over the decision which they saw as embarrassing.

“Never ever a penalty, can you remember they brought VAR in and said it was for clear and obvious and they wouldn’t re-referee games, that’s never a pen,” Shearer said on BBC.

“Four guys here who all think the same. Ridiculous.”

“He does catch him slightly but come on! That’s a terrible decision,” Sutton said.

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