2018 World Cup Football Language: Overturn a decision

In this post, we explain a phrase used to talk about football: overturn a decision which was used in the Costa Rica versus Brazil World Cup game from St Petersburg today. This is part of our daily World Cup football phrases. Overturn a decision

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2018 World Cup Football Language: Overturn a decision

VAR has been in the news from day 1 at the 2018 World Cup with many pundits and fans still unsure of its merits. In the game between Costa Rica and Brazil from Group D the Dutch referee awarded a penalty to Brazil after their star forward Neymar Jr appeared to be taken down in the box, although it did look a soft decision. The Costa Rican players protested their innocence and the referee, Kuipers, went to VAR to take another look and incredibly overturned the decision – he changed his mind. Brazil eventually ran out winners but the referee was definitely not in Brazil fans’ good books after he overturned their penalty claims.

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