Morocco were just minutes from securing a historic win over Spain at the World Cup but instead, they were left in tatters after the video assistant referee system sparked controversy - again.

Nordin Amrabat launched a scathing attack on officials after the VAR system cost Morocco a notable win over Spain on Monday night in Russia. 

Iago Aspas' netted a dramatic goal to earn the European giants a draw against the Moroccans and a place in the final 16. 

Download the new Independent Premium app

Sharing the full story, not just the headlines

Initially, the goal was ruled out as offside but after a late review referee, Ravshan Irmatov overturned the decision.

Amrabat was clearly furious with the ruling and turned to television cameras using the VAR sign used by referees and said: "VAR, it's bull***t".

This is not the only time the VAR system has caused controversy during the World Cup.

Iran were awarded a spot-kick after Cedric Soares gave away a late penalty following a handball, tarnishing Portugal's dream of securing a World Cup victory.

TV pundit Alan Shearer said he came close to swearing live on television after VAR decisions caused uproar during the Portugal and Iran clash on Tuesday night.

Nordin Amrabat was furious with the VAR decision (BBC)

He wrote on Twitter: "Well, that’s the closest I’ve been to swearing on live TV! What I really wanted to say is that VAR is complete and utter b******s!”

But Gary Lineker fired back, praising VAR for making important decisions. 

His tweet read: "I like VAR. There, I’ve said it. It’s making the most mundane of games more dramatic. It improves most refereeing decisions, (although human error will still occur). It gives us lots to discuss and it really annoys @alanshearer. They need to remove clear & obvious edict, though."

Comments

Share your thoughts and debate the big issues

Learn more
Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines.
  • You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully
  • Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable
  • Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties
  • We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification

You can find our Community Guidelines in full here.

Create a commenting name to join the debate

Please try again, the name must be unique Only letters and numbers accepted
Loading comments...
Loading comments...
Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines.
  • You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully
  • Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable
  • Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties
  • We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification

You can find our Community Guidelines in full here.

Loading comments...
Loading comments...