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Iran Coach Queiroz Reacts Angrily To Use Of VAR Following Draw

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz has reacted angrily on the use of VAR following his sides 1-1 draw with Portugal on Monday, believing his side deserved to win.

Queiroz who admitted he was a proud but bad loser, has been left fuming over the decision to not send off Cristiano Ronaldo who was retrospectively cautioned for an elbow on Morteza Pouraliganji, in their final World Cup group B decider.

The game which was clouded in controversy sees Iran finishing one point behind the European champions and group winners Spain, but the Portuguese feels his side would have won and there should have been at least one more penalty against Portugal.

Queiroz, who has said he will quit his post after six years at the helm following this tournament, had a 10 minute rant in English during his post match press conference.

“You stop the game for VAR, there is an elbow. Elbow. Elbow is a red card in the rules, the rules doesn’t say if it’s Messi or Ronaldo,” said the irate coach.

“I don’t know if it was this but we have the right to know,” he said

He suggested that for VAR to work properly, coaches and fans should be able to hear the communication between the referee and the video assistants, as in rugby, addressing his idea to Gianni Infantino, the Fifa president.

“We don’t know if it was the referee or the guys upstairs [who decided]. This game belongs to the people not to a couple of guys behind the scenes. My suggestion, Mr Infantino, they have to put up their hand and say: ‘Sorry, VAR is not working so we have to stop it,’ or the communication must be clear like rugby, when everybody knows what is going on.”

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