‘Hands down the worst VAR call I’ve ever seen’: fans SLAM ‘absolutely unbelievable’ decision to send Douglas Luiz away in Brazil tie with Ivory Coast at Tokyo Olympics… after Aston Villa midfielder seemed to make very minimal contact with the opponent
Douglas Luiz’s controversial red card to Brazil during their showdown with Côte d’Ivoire at the Tokyo Olympics has led fans to take to social media with some calling the VAR decision “one of the worst ever.”
The Aston Villa midfielder was sacked just 14 minutes after Sunday’s Group D game after it was believed the 23-year-old made a mistake on Max Gradel and deprived the former Leeds winger of an obvious goal-scoring opportunity.
Referee Ismail Elfath initially booked Luiz despite minimal contact between the players.
Ivory Coast forward Max Gradel went down after very minimal contact from Douglas Luiz
The Villa star was initially booked but was sent off after the referee reviewed the incident
However, after revisiting the incident after a VAR review, he sent the Villa midfielder off the field.
Fans couldn’t believe the incident led to a layoff and took to social media to express their shock at the decision.
One fan tweeted: “Douglas Luiz’s red card is a joke. I mean, did he really touch him? The VAR should correct the referees’ mistakes, not correct them…smh’
Another fan went one step further, adding: ‘That red card from Douglas Luiz at the Olympics is without a doubt the worst VAR call I’ve ever seen. Absolutely unbelievable.’
Several Premier League stars, including Manchester United duo Eric Bailly and Amad Diallo, as well as Everton’s Richarlison took part in the Olympic group match.
However, the game ended in a goalless draw, with both Brazil and Ivory Coast four points ahead of their last group game.
The Brazilians will play against Saudi Arabia on July 28, while the Ivory Coast will play against Germany the same day.