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Suspected FIFA censorship of World Cup’s most controversial goal

The goal against Spain at the Qatar 2022 World Cup:

New suspicions about FIFA for the management of the images of Japan’s controversial goal against Spain at the Qatar 2022 World Cup:

English TV was denied permission four times to broadcast the clarifying image seen by the Var which would have immediately turned off the controversy and swept away the doubts about the ball that seemed to have completely crossed the goal line.

The most controversial goal of the entire world championship,

Japan was one of the great surprises of the Qatar 2022 World Cup having beaten both super favorites Germany and Spain in the group,

the Japanese selection also made itself loved off the pitch for the exemplary behavior of its players in the locker room and its fans in the stands,

as well as for the beautiful gesture of his coach immediately after the scorching elimination in the round of 16 with the defeat on penalties at the hands of Croatia. However,

the national team of the Land of the Rising Sun was also the protagonist of what,

until now, has certainly been the most controversial goal of the entire world championship,

namely, the one achieved by Ao Tanaka in the match against Spain which allowed the Japanese to take first place in the group and eliminated Germany’s chances of qualifying.

The television images broadcast by all the TVs in the world

From the television images broadcast by all the TVs in the world that hold the exclusive rights to broadcast the matches of the Qatar 2022 World Cup,

it seemed evident that the ball had crossed the goal line before Kaoru Mitoma hit it to provide the assist for Tanaka’s decisive goal.

Therefore,

the signal from the linesman who had induced the referee to disallow the goal seemed flawless if it weren’t for the fact that it was the Var who called it into question,

having the footage available from above,

reported to the referee that the ball was not output completely and therefore the network of Japan was to be validated.

Despite this, looking at all the images of the offending action broadcast by television stations,

the doubts that the VAR had blatantly screwed up continued to increase.

While awaiting the clarifying still image,

it was hypothesized that having the image taken by the camera positioned above the goal available,

the referee in front of the monitor had ascertained that,

looking at the projection from above,

a small edge of the ball was still above the bottom line.

He therefore only expected the TV broadcast of the image that the Var saw to validate the goal to sweep away doubts.

And instead, it was decided not to air it either during the race or after.

It is therefore inevitable that,

by continuing to show only the images from below in which the ball seems to have come out completely before Mitoma’s touch, controversy would be stirred up.

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The clarifying image was only shown by FIFA after 24 hours of doubt,

The clarifying image was only shown by FIFA after 24 hours of doubt,

protests, and controversies. And at that point,

suspicions arose that world football’s governing body had deliberately decided to create controversy to focus attention on this episode rather than on more thorny issues.

And the background just revealed by the Daily Mail seems to increase suspicions about it even more:

according to what was revealed by the British newspaper the English BBC television crew would have asked FIFA four times to be able to broadcast the image that would have chased away the doubts about the alleged irregularity of Japan’s goal

and on all four occasions would have been inexplicably blocked by FIFA itself,

effectively a ” You can’t show it on TV ” that left the BBC crew in dismay.

About this “censorship”, the International Federation has decided not to comment, limiting itself only to recalling what the protocol foresees in the tournaments under its aegis

where the output of the VAR is transmitted to the TVs only when the referees go on the sidelines for a review at the monitor so that those watching the match on television can see the images that are shown to the referees.

The protocol does not prohibit the possibility of also sending the image of the projection of the ball on the end line as happens in the case of the Goal Line Technology image

and therefore the doubts as to why it was decided not to immediately extinguish the controversy by clarifying the reason for validation of Japan’s goal remain.

Suspected FIFA censorship of World Cup's most controversial goal
Suspected FIFA censorship of World Cup’s most controversial goal

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