Video refereeing technology denies France twice against Spain

Video technology denied France two advantages as Les Blues lost 2-0 against Spain in a friendly in Paris.

French forward Antoine Griezmann had a headed goal ruled out when referee Felix Zwayer reversed his initial decision after receiving a message in his earpiece from the video assistant referee, who was sat in a truck outside the Stade de France.

Replays showed Layvin Kurzawa was narrowly offside when he headed the ball to Griezmann, with the decision to overturn the goal made in about 30 seconds.

Spain’s second goal, scored by Gerard Deulofeu from a cross by Jordi Alba, was awarded by the video official after an assistant referee wrongly flagged for offside and a minute of conversation between the referee and the video assistant.

David Silva had opened the scoring for Spain with a penalty after Laurent Koscielny fouled Deulofeu.

Video assistant technology was tested before the match kick-off. It was first used in September, in France’s 3-1 friendly win in Italy, and was subsequently used at the FIFA Club World Cup, and the Football Association wants to use it in next season’s FA Cup from the third round onwards.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino would like the system to be used at the World Cup in Russia next year.

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