Video referee gives a red card for Argentina star as England win

U20 WORLD CUP

Video referee gives a red card for Argentina star as England win

Video referee gives a red card for Argentina star as England win

Lautaro Martínez was sent off for a stray elbow as Argentina lost 3-0 to England in the U20 World Cup in Korea, becoming the first video ref red recipient of the tournament.

Lautaro Martínez gained an unwanted record on Saturday morning, as he became the first player at the U20 World Cup to receive a red card as a result of a decision by a video referee. 

Martínez becomes first VAR victim

The talented Argentina U20 striker, who plays his club football for Racing Club, received a red card for an elbow on England defender Tomori. 

The referee, Mohammed Abdulla Hassan, did not initially see the contact. Yet once it was brought to his attention by the video official, he gave Martínez his marching orders.

Video referee gives a red card for the first ever time as England win

England beat Argentina

Despite early pressure from the Albiceleste, England won the match 3-0 in Korea, courtesy of goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Adam Armstrong (Newcastle United), and Dominic Solanke (Chelsea).

FIFA are using the tournament to trial the 'Video Assisted Refereeing', as they did in the World Club Championship competition in Japan in December 2016, where it did not work particularly smoothly.

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