England FA question FIFA over bad VAR decisions in the world Cup in Qatar

After England’s 6-2 victory over Iran, manager Gareth Southgate expressed concern over the potential fallout from England’s participation in a pre-tournament referee meeting.

On Monday, Harry Maguire was refused an early penalty, but Iran received one for a related incident.

Pierluigi Collina, the chairman of the Fifa referees committee, addressed the press during the briefing.

The Italian highlighted a tape of midfielder Kalvin Phillips blocking to give Maguire room to score from a corner and claimed such a goal would not be permitted at the World Cup.

Iran, who later received a penalty kick after England defender John Stones ripped their jersey, appeared to have Maguire pulled back from a corner. 

On Tuesday, Argentina was also given a penalty against Saudi Arabia.

“There was obviously a penalty given the next afternoon, so whether that was a consequence of our game being reviewed by the referees or not, it’s hard to say,” Southgate added.

“The concern is the consistency. We know what we’ve got to do right and we know we risk being punished for certain things.

“I think for all the teams in the tournament, there is a worry when you’re not quite sure what’s going to be given and also that uncertainty on the field and from the VAR as well.”

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