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Modric slams video technology: "I don't like it, it's not football"

The Real Madrid midfielder let his feelings be known after a mix up with the new law left players and fans bemused following Ronaldo's goal. "It creates a lot of confusion!"
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Luka Modric has slammed the new use of video refereeing in football after the “confusion” it caused in Real Madrid’s World Club Cup win over Club America on Thursday, and said he hopes the technology doesn’t become a regular thing.

Video ref mix-up

The mix-up over the new law came right at the end of Madrid’s 2-0 win when Cristiano Ronaldo drilled in his side’s second goal in the 93rd minute, only for the referee to call back play after apparently receiving notice from the video referee, presumably to take a look at if Ronaldo was onside or not.

Quizzical looks

Players were left confused as the referee looked undecided on whether to consult the video technology or not.
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Players were left confused as the referee looked undecided on whether to consult the video technology or not.

However, after some quizzical looks and a couple of waved arms the ref decided to do nothing and strolled back to the centre circle, placing the ball on the spot. The goal stood, which replays showed was ultimately the correct decision, however both sets of players and on looking spectators were left bemused by the incident.

Rocky start for new technology 

It comes after the technology got off to a rocky start on Wednesday when it made its debut in top-level tournament football. Atletico Nacional were left questioning the use of the video referee after the first ever penalty awarded under the system helped dump them out of the Club World Cup.

Modric: "I hope the rule doesn’t continue"

When asked about the technology following Madrid’s win, midfielder Luka Modric didn’t hesitate to hide his feelings.

“It’s new, I don’t like it, it creates a lot of confusion,” he said. “The other day we had a meeting and I didn’t listen much because I hope the rule doesn’t continue. We’ve got to concentrate on our football and let’s see what happens. My first feelings [about it]are not good.”


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