Brazil's Tite bemoans no-VAR call on tying Swiss goal

Every World Cup game has deciding moments that could have gone one way or another.

Now, every World Cup game has deciding moments that could or could not been changed or overruled by VAR.

Brazil coach Tite had two beefs in his team's 1-1 tie with Switzerland in their Group E opener.

1. Swiss midfielder Steven Zuber scored an equalizer in the 50th minute after replay showed he pushed Brazilian defender Miranda as he got open to head in Xherdan Shaqiri’s corner.

2. Brazil forward Gabriel Jesus went down under Manuel Akanji’s challenge until no foul was called and there was no intervention from VAR to change Mexico referee Carlos Ramos.

“I’d like to answer another question in terms of the performance," said Tite. "Otherwise, it sounds like an excuse for the draw, but I’m not going to run away from this question. I’m just going to say this once: the Miranda moment was very clear. It’s a very clear play, it’s very, very clear. The second play: Yes, the penalty you could interpret, but the first one, you can’t discuss. You have to be fair.”
5 comments about "Brazil's Tite bemoans no-VAR call on tying Swiss goal".
  1. R2 Dad, June 17, 2018 at 9:42 p.m.

    entire highlights here:

  2. Craig Cummings, June 17, 2018 at 9:45 p.m.

    Yes a push but how many times does a defender get away with much worse.

  3. frank schoon replied, June 18, 2018 at 5:10 p.m.

    That's not point. That push led specifically to the winning goal. They should have employed the VAR. How often have you seen an attacking player bump a defender with the ball and goes down and the refs calls a foul. In this case the attacker pushed the defender from the back thus allowing the attacker to have a clear shot at heading the ball into the goal...

  4. Ginger Peeler, June 18, 2018 at 6:07 p.m.

    It was an awful game to watch due to the constant fouling. One of  the first responsibilities of a soccer ref is the safety of the players. No safety was provided for either team. There was no flow and few exciting moments due to the constant take-downs. I’ve watched the CONCACAF refs ignore the constant take-downs of Clint Dempsey over the years; but this is the World Cup and the referees are supposed to be world class; so why did this guy call lots and lots of fouls but didn’t stop the physical punishment with a timely yellow card or two? Or even a red. If VAR had indicated there were problems, the referee ignored VAR (which he can choose to do). Hopefully, he won’t be given any more games. 

  5. R2 Dad replied, June 19, 2018 at 9:06 a.m.

    Perhaps a card for persistent infringement for all the fouling of Neymar would have made a difference early on? We'll never know because FIFA refs avoid this specific law.

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