At the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, FIFA introduced the use of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) in order to help out in controversial situations which may not be sighted by the centre referee when passing a decision during a football match.
VAR is set to be used at the quarterfinals of the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt starting Wednesday till the end of the tournament.
There are a number of controversies that happened during the group stages and the round of 16 of this tournament including the cancellation of Ghana’s first-half goal against Tunisia on Monday, July 7th.
Andre Ayew thought he had given his side the lead just before half time but his goal was ruled out with the assistant referee claiming that Thomas Partey handled the ball in the build-up to the goal. Ghana would later lose 5-4 on penalties after a one all draw
Ghana has tasted the bitterness on two occasions that is in the 2010 World Cup quarter-final against Uruguay and in the 2019 AFCON last 16 loss to Tunisia on Monday.
If VAR had been introduced at both tournaments, Ghana would have been the first African country in history to play in the World Cup semi-finals and maybe they would have gone through to quarterfinals of AFCON 2019.
But suddenly the Black Stars have been unlucky that VAR hadn’t been introduced on both occasions.
A number of leagues across Europe adapted to VAR in the 2018/2019 season; Spanish La Liga, Italian Serie A, Bundesliga and the French Ligue one.
With the latest being the English Premier League which will use the system in the upcoming 2019/2020 season.
Although yet to be used at the Nations Cup, the system was tested at the semi-final and finals of the 2019 Total Interclub games.