Real Madrid 0-0 Atlético: VAR fails the derby test
Behind VAR is a referee up in the stadium working with the one out on the pitch, each taking on one role or the other depending on the day. Behind VAR there are guidelines for the officials to follow and which, on this occasion, brought the same outcome for both major borderline incidents (although, in my view, the second isn't all that borderline; I think it was a red). If VAR had been in operation in LaLiga last year, experts assure me, the kick in the face that broke Ramos' nose still wouldn't have been punished. But it wasn't there then, it is here now, what happened happened, and the Atlético fans feel they have renewed cause to feed their pet grievance. There's no getting away from it: VAR is not perfect, or straightforward.