VAR played a huge role in determining the outcome of Atlanta United’s 7-0 win against New England on Wednesday, and not even the team that benefited was happy afterward.
Video Assistant Referee, which started in August after more than a year of testing, assisted Baldomero Toledo in issuing red cards to Revs players Xavier Kouassi in the 16th minute for a serious foul against Yamil Asad and Antonio Milnar Delamea in the 38th minute for a handball in the penalty box. Reduced to nine men, New England became the first team in league history to fail to take a shot in a game, and its margin of defeat matched the largest in league history.
“I think the game changed completely,” said Atlanta United midfielder Jeff Larentowicz, who later added he wasn’t a fan of VAR. “Honestly, it was a bizarre 45 (minutes), but that’s kind-of the world we’re in right now.”