Video: Iheanacho Scores 1st Goal Awarded By Video Assistant Referee (VAR) In English Football


Super Eagles and Leicester City striker, Kelechi Iheanacho, made history as he became the first footballer in English football to have a goal awarded by the video assistant referee (VAR) system after his goal was initially denied on Tuesday.

The 21-year-old striker who scored a brace in the FA Cup clash against Fleetwood Town FC to send his team to the next stage, was initially denied his second goal in the 77th minute after he chipped a delightful finish past Fleetwood goalkeeper Chris Neal.

But referee Jon Moss’ decision was overturned through the help of the (VAR) system and Kelechi Iheanacho’s goal was allowed to stand after originally being ruled out for offside.

After the match, the Nigerian striker said: ‘I didn’t know if I’m onside or offside but I think Riyad told me that I was onside, so I concentrated on the goal. If there is a review, we just wait to see what the referee’s decision is. The communication with the players is good enough.’

The historic decision was the first time ever in English football that a goal would be awarded after a VAR review.

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