Wales had been on the flawed finish of a VAR howler throughout their Euro 2024 qualifier in opposition to Latvia on Monday evening. Janis Ikaunieks one way or the other stayed on the pitch regardless of lashing out at guests midfielder Jordan James.
Wales headed into the match determined for 3 factors. They misplaced their earlier two qualifiers in June in opposition to Armenia and Turkey to place direct progress to subsequent summer season’s event doubtful.
Rob Web page’s facet had a person despatched off in each of these matches. However the Wales boss can be proper to really feel aggrieved that they weren’t taking part in in opposition to 10 males for the ultimate half an hour or so on Monday.
Aaron Ramsey‘s first-half penalty had put Wales into the lead. Latvia, who’re but to win some extent in Group D, weren’t making it simple for the Welsh although.
However as they tried to get again into the sport, VAR was referred to as into motion. Ikaunieks was given a yellow card by Slovakian referee Michael Ocenas for a foul on Birmingham star James.
Nonetheless, replays confirmed that Ikaunieks caught James a lot larger than initially thought. He appeared to lash out along with his left foot and catch James on the left knee.
VAR seemed on the incident and Ocenas was advisable to evaluation the incident on the pitchside monitor. It has change into nearly customary within the Premier League that referees facet with VAR when going to the monitor.
However after seeing the deal with in sluggish movement and regular velocity, Ocenas determined to stay along with his unique determination. A free kick was given and Latvia saved all 11 males on the pitch as they pushed for a late equaliser.
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