Why Utd was awarded penalty against PSG: UEFA explains VAR protocol


PThe European Champions League governing body, UEFA has provided crucial information and elements that were taken into consideration by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) and referees in reaching various decisions in last Wednesday’s matches.

On the specific issue of the match involving Manchester United and Paris Saint Germain (PSG), UEFA explained that the decision was “made in full compliance with the VAR protocol”.

Below is the full explanation as provided by UEFA on the match in which UTD was awarded a 90th minute penalty:

The VAR, after checking various different angles available to him, recommended to the referee an on-field review following the penalty area incident.

Given that the referee did not recognise the incident clearly during live play (referred to as serious missed incident in the VAR protocol) an on-field review was conducted.

Following the on-field review, the referee confirmed that the distance that the ball travelled was not short and the impact could therefore not be unexpected. The defender’s arm was not close to the body, which made the defender’s body bigger thus resulting in the ball being stopped from travelling in the direction of the goal. The referee, therefore, awarded a penalty kick. 

All the above-mentioned decisions were made in full compliance with the VAR protocol.