Football fan goes viral after devising an ingenious way to create his own VAR during a World Cup match…but gets roasted over his choice of phone
A football fan has been honored for his phone brand after posting an ingenious way to find a homemade VAR for World Cup matches.
During Brazil’s 2-0 win over Serbia, a fan took matters into their own hands by building a DIY Video Assistant Referee (VAR).
The video, reposted by ‘Bestoffootball’ on TikTok, shows a Qatari man pulling out a pair of high-end binoculars.
He then turns on his phone’s camera and focuses the lens behind the eyepiece of the binoculars, providing additional zoom options.
The spectator begins to take pictures behind the zoom lens of the binoculars and inspects an offside call in the fixture from his lounge chair.
“Let us introduce you… The real VAR,” the caption read.
The original video has been viewed more than 24 million times and has 1 million likes, but it was the outrage from the comments that sparked conversation.
TikTok users scolded Qatari viewer for using an iPhone and heavy binoculars – saying he could just buy a Samsung 22 Ultra
TikTok viewers were aghast at the fan’s choice of phone, supposedly able to ditch the binoculars by buying a Samsung S22 Ultra.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra offers telescope-like zoom quality with 100x optical, which is perfect from the far seats of a stadium.
“I feel so sorry for the iPhone users,” one user commented.
“it’s ok man I get it… just buy a S22 Ultra man,” another wrote.
FIFA has used VAR technology for the second consecutive World Cup, enabling referees to make quick decisions before controversial offside reviews.
The system uses automated line art and virtual reality replays as players are tracked on the field by 12 4K-quality cameras.
Fans wait for a VAR review during the match between Poland and Saudi Arabia on November 26 at Education City Stadium
FIFA head of technology Sebastian Runge said data points are translated into animations, which can determine the precise location of players.
Three minutes into the first game of the 2022 Qatar World Cup, Ecuador captain Enner Valencia celebrated after firing a header into an open goal.
However, a few minutes after a VAR check, the supposed first goal of the tournament was disallowed due to offside that was difficult to see with the naked eye.
Many fans ridiculed the system for picking up a harsh legality, but diehards respected the call in what the correct verdict was.
After the match, FIFA’s offside animation was released, giving fans an insight into the high-tech system at play.