9th November 2022; Fir Park, Motherwell, N Lanarkshire, Scotland, Scottish Premier league football, Motherwell versus Celtic: Joao Pedro Neves Filipe Jota of Celtic beats Liam Kelly of Motherwell but VAR rules his goal out

Celtic winger Jota scored what could have been considered a goal of the season contender in the Hoops victory at Fir Park had it not been ruled out for offside.

Kyogo Furuhashi who had already bagged a goal early on in the match played what looked to be a perfectly timed and weighted ball to the Portuguese winger who dinked it over Well keeper Liam Kelly.

9th November 2022; Fir Park, Motherwell, N Lanarkshire, Scotland, Scottish Premier league football, Motherwell versus Celtic: Kyogo Furuhashi of Celtic celebrates after he makes it 1-0 in the 15th minute

The goal was checked by VAR with referee David Dickinson being in the control room following his controversial penalty award in Celtic’s previous match against Dundee United.

Those watching on at home thought they would have a clear picture to see why the decision was made but the camera angle used was absolutely hopeless.

It looked as though the camera used was closer to Celtic Park rather than Fir Park meaning that it is impossible to decipher where Jota’s body is with regards to the Motherwell defender.

Jota

There has been much controversy surrounding VAR since the introduction of the technology with many being critical about the consistency of decisions and what not but this severely called into question the purpose of technology with only six cameras being used with the ground.

Former referee Steven Conroy believes there should be more cameras used within the ground and that those paying their hard earned money to get to the game deserve much better.

“I don’t know see why that angle was chosen. There should be enough cameras and angles to get something decent but why they chose that one to highlight it? I have no idea,” said Conroy speaking in the Scottish Express. 

“I think it probably was offside but they certainly didn’t give us the clearest of views on it.

“We should be thinking about the fans at home and the people in charge have to question putting images like that one out straight away to demonstrate points. That one certainly didn’t show it in the best light.”

Celtic have one final game to go before the winter break and it is hoped that there won’t be any further VAR controversy but many wouldn’t bet on it.

2 COMMENTS

  1. They didn’t show the angle because Jota was onside.

    You can actually see that Jota is onside from that image. He’s half a yard onside.

    Ray Charles could tell you that and he’s blind and dead.

  2. Yea DD says ‘ the human behind the camera says no ‘ if the human with the mustard top on tripped the player with the Green and white top, he would have said ‘ barely human knuckle dragger with a apron on and a GCE in football computer control say offside’ ‘ click, whirrr, clank, poop.’ WATP.

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