Bright criticises lack of VAR after England lose to Netherlands

Bright criticises lack of VAR after England lose to Netherlands

England captain Millie Bright expressed her astonishment at the absence of VAR in their Women’s Nations League match against the Netherlands. Despite TV replays suggesting that the hosts’ first goal was offside, VAR was not available for the game. Substitute Renate Jansen scored a 90th-minute winner for the Dutch, with Alessia Russo equalizing Lieke Martens’ first-half opener. Bright found it frustrating that VAR was not being used in the match and emphasized the need for consistency in its application.

Bright highlighted the high level of professionalism in the game and questioned the inconsistency of VAR usage. She expressed her disbelief that a competitive international match did not have VAR. The VAR system is not mandatory during the group stage, with the decision to use it left to the hosts. However, it will be implemented for the Women’s Nations League Finals.

Dutch coach Sarina Wiegman agreed with Bright’s assessment, stating that it was obvious that the Dutch opener was offside. She echoed the call for consistency in VAR usage and expressed her disappointment with the decision. Wiegman emphasized that VAR would have disallowed the goal and stressed the need for a clear stance on its implementation.

The result of the match left England in third place in their Nations League group, with three points from two games. They are one point behind group leaders Belgium, who drew 1-1 with Scotland. The match marked Wiegman’s return to the Netherlands with the England team since her appointment.

In conclusion, Millie Bright’s frustration at the absence of VAR in the Women’s Nations League match against the Netherlands highlights the need for consistency in its usage. The decision not to use VAR in the group stage is left to the hosts, but its implementation will be mandatory for the Finals. Both Bright and Dutch coach Sarina Wiegman called for a clear stance on VAR usage to ensure fairness and accuracy in the game.

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