The indomitable Lioness of Cameroon have accused FIFA of racism over VAR after they crashed out at the ongoing Women’s World Cup in France.
England’s Lionesses kicked off the knock-out stage of the Women’s World Cup with a 3-0 win against Cameroon, Daily Mail reports.
Fans gathered at the Stade du Hainaut this afternoon in Valenciennes, France, for the tense Round Of 16 game which saw tempers flare after VAR decisions incensed the Cameroon players.
The match, which kicked-off at 5.30pm local time, saw Steph Houghton slot home an indirect free kick in the 14th minute – that came about due to a backpass.
Striker Ellen White tuck away England’s second during the first half’s injury time – before it was ruled offside by Chinese referee Qin Liang, then overturned using the VAR system.
Cameroon players furiously claimed Nikita Parris, who was offside, was part of the play – despite her standing on the left side of the pitch and not touching the ball.
It kick-started the pantomime acts from the Cameroon players, who stalled for three minutes before restarting the match, without any punishment from the referee.
VAR replays are not shown on big screens inside the stadium, though ‘normal’ replays were – some of which seemed to indicate to the Cameroon players they were being unfairly treated.
Half time was called moments later, with the BBC’s Gabby Logan saying the Cameroonians had burst into tears in the tunnel and accused FIFA of racism.
The players were seen speaking to a FIFA official in the centre of the pitch at half time, reportedly regarding their conduct during the first half.
Insult was added to injury after the break as Cameroon got a swift goal back in the 48th minute through Ajara Nchout, who drove home a long cross into the corner.
But the sloppy play at the back from England was saved by a close call for offside from the VAR team.
Cameroon protested again, with head coach Alain Djeumfa desperately trying to calm them down. But Nchout, who moments earlier had been celebrating, appeared inconsolable.
Alex Greenwood soon made it three for England, with an excellent run into the box to tuck away Toni Duggan’s corner in the 57th minute.
VAR was not the only controversy in the match, with England fans left outraged after Augustine Ejangue spat on England’s Toni Duggan in the opening phase.
The shocking incident came in the 13th minute as the referee awarded the Lionesses the indirect free-kick on the edge of the six-yard box.
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