Matthijs De Ligt sent off for clear handball as last man in first VAR overrule at Euro 2020 in Holland clash with Czechs

Matthijs De Ligt sent off for clear handball as last man in first VAR overrule at Euro 2020 in Holland clash with Czechs

June 27, 2021

VAR performed its first over-rule of Euro 2020 to see Holland defender Matthijs De Ligt sent off against the Czech Republic.

The commanding centre-half was originally shown a yellow card by referee Sergey Karasev for handball just outside the penalty area.




But Karasev was then instructed to check the pitch-side monitor to decide whether De Ligt was denying Patrik Schick a clear goalscoring opportunity.

And the referee decided he WAS – and upgraded the yellow to a red.

Some on social media thought the decision was harsh as De Ligt was well off-balance as a result of his tussle with Schick.

But the majority believe it was the right decision.

One footie fan wrote on Twitter: "I think De Ligt turns badly and is falling over anyway, the opposition player does stumble over the back of him."

But Liam Macca wrote: "What was De light thinking?"

Another wrote: "De Ligt literally falls over then slaps the ball away."

Hunter Ayre was succinct in writing: "Lights off for De Ligt then.


"Simply awful defending and now putting his teammates in a very thought spot."

And just 13 minutes after being reduced to ten men, Holland were also a goal down.

Thomas Holes flashed a header past Maarten Stekelenburg to put the unfancied Czech's 1-0 up.

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