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Cameroon women refuse to kick off after VAR goal controversy

VAR ruled at the last 16 Women's World Cup game as Cameroon felt they were hard done by and refused to kick off after England took a 2-0 lead before half-time.

VALENCIENNES, FRANCE - JUNE 23:  Cameroon players huddle prior to the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Round Of 16 match between England and Cameroon at Stade du Hainaut on June 23, 2019 in Valenciennes, France. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Ima
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There was controversy at the Women's World Cup in Valenciennes on Sunday afternoon when the Cameroon national team refused to kick off after England scored a goal that they felt was offside.

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An English player on the left wing was in an offside position but she was not involved in the play and the goal stood. It gave the Lionesses a 2-0 lead before the break but Cameroon went on strike and needed their manager to intervene in order to get them to kick off again.

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The referee brought captain, Gabrielle Onguene, to the side and had a word with her too as they swallowed their pride and kicked off again.

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In the second half, Cameroon pulled one back but the referee said it was offside and the Cameroon women were livid again. Goalscorer, Ajara Nchout, needed to be calmed down by her manager, before England went on to score again to take a commanding 3-0 lead despite Cameroon having a couple of chances themselves.

Shortly before full time, further VAR controversy ensued when Cameroon's Alexandra Takounda Engolo escaped with a yellow card after a terrible, studs-up challenge on England's Steph Houghton, despite referee Qin Liang watching the incident back on the pitchside monitor.


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