ROBERTO MARTINEZ slammed VAR as “comical” and “faulty” after Belgium were denied a Nations League win in Wales.
Brennan Johnson celebrates his goal against BelgiumCredit: Reuters
Roberto Martinez was fumingCredit: PA
Supersub Johnson was given offside by the assistant referee but VAR overruled the decision to give the Nottingham Forest attacker his first international goal.
Now Belgium boss Martinez has called on football chiefs to provide more clarity from VAR calls.
Martinez fumed: “I am very confused. I have just seen the images and I cannot explain how the goal was allowed to stand. We have gone a little bit mad. The VAR is there to help the referees. When I look at the images, it does not look right. The lines were not parallel to the 18-yard line.
“The lines for the offside don’t work. It’s quite comical. We need a software that says who is in an offside position. I would invite you all to watch the images again and tell me what you think.
“Where the toe is, it’s confused with the grass. We need an explanation of this decision. I expect it from really high up.
“We did not deserve for that goal to be allowed. That decision, please. It becomes comical. This system is not reliable, the lines and the toes it’s not working. It is not helping the referees. It was a very good decision by the linesman and it was overruled by a faulty system.”
The controversy did not dampen Johnson’s delight at his first Wales goal on his 12th cap which handed his country their opening point in the competition after three matches.
Johnson, who replaced Gareth Bale after 73 minutes, said: “That was horrible, waiting for that confirmation, it was so tough. But when I saw him point that it was a goal, it was unbelievable. We played well and got what we deserved.”
Wales boss Robert Page hailed Johnson’s impact off the bench in Cardiff.
The attacker, who won promotion to the Premier League with Forest last month, also played an important role against Ukraine to reach the World Cup last Sunday.
Page said: “He came on as sub last week and hit the post with his first touch. He’s a wonderful talent.
“I’m looking forward to watching him in the Premier League next season and watching him grow with us because every time he comes on he impresses, shows his worth so he deserved his goal. He’s got a lot more to come as well.
“Alan Knill showed him his clips back and where we think he can improve. He’s shown it again.”
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