The Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup was always put under the microscope even before it had begun, mainly due to the introduction of the Video Assistance Refereeing (VAR).
As expected, the use of VAR has rubbed everyone on the wrong side, with the exception of Spain and Portugal people of course. There are lot of question marks hanging over VAR, like are the people in the VAR room qualified and training to make sound refereeing decisions? Does the rule 'Referee's decision is final' still apply?
Well, after the conclusion of Group B group stage, there's a lot of questions due to this computer officiation. First, almost everyone agrees that VAR is only for 'Big' teams. Spain's first equalizer against Portugal in the first game saw Diego Costa elbow Pepe before taking the ball. It went Spain's way.
And then Iran vs Portugal happened, with the Persian side earning a late penalty for a supposed handball, which was cleared by VAR after a lengthy review for a handball that was far from deliberate. What happened to the 'Ball tothe hand' observation? Cristiano Ronaldo saw his elbow on an opponent result in a yellow-card after review, when Costa's resulted in a goal. There was Belgium vs Tunisia, Denmark vs Australia and a lot more other controversial VAR decisions in this edition thus far.
Then Spain vs Morocco happened, with the Africans getting robbed at the death. Spain's Iago Aspas equalized later in the additional time from a corner that never was. The ball went out for a goalkick before the referee awarded a corner-kick to Spain. The result was an offside goal that stood thanks to VAR.
If Charles Darwin was watching this World Cup, he'd surely come out with the *Survival of the Biggest* theory. What we saw after Group B wrap was VAR stealing the glory from both Morocco and Iran to benefit Espanol and Portugal. This video refereeing has taken everything out of the Beautiful Game, and only the big European boys will always benefit more from this VAR.