The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has accused TV producers of manipulating VAR images after Denis Cheryshev’s goal was allowed to stand in Valencia’s 1-0 win against Athletic Club on Saturday.
VAR ruled that Maxi Gomez was onside when collecting a pass from Rodrigo Moreno in the build-up to Cheryshev’s 27th-minute strike, which proved to be the winning goal at San Mames.
Confusion arose when lines added to the live television footage of Cheryshev’s goal initially showed he was marginally offside, though the VAR officials had a different view of the incident and adjudged the goal should stand.
The official VAR line used by the officials did not appear on the TV footage until the second half of the match, doing little to clear up the uncertainty.
The RFEF has released a statement concerning the controversy.
“Against the most elementary rules of the ethical sporting code and the rules of national and international competition, the producer of the match has put up images of a hypothetical offside line that doesn’t correspond to the [line] of VAR,” the statement read.