Cameroon players were left in tears of fury after a first-half goal was awarded to England during their last-16 World Cup clash with the use of VAR, with some accusing FIFA of racism as a result during a hugely controversial game.
Ellen White put the ball into the back of the net on the cusp of half-time, only for the assistant referee to raise the flag for offside.
With the use of VAR the referee was able to clearly see the England forward was onside during the moment the pass was played, and correctly reinstated the strike.
Cameroon players were immediately incensed and gathered around referee Qin Liang, gesticulating animatedly over the decision.
As the half-time whistle blew just moments later Cameroon remained on the pitch for a few moments, appearing to be considering walking off the field.
During commentary, BBC presenter Gabby Logan said: ‘We’re just hearing from our reporter Jo Curry in the tunnel that there are tears from the Cameroon players, accusing FIFA of racism.
Further information feeding through to the BBC then outlined how the Cameroon players remained in the tunnel for a short while, before returning back onto the field much earlier than Phil Neville’s England.
At this point, a suited FIFA official was seen walking onto the pitch to speak to the squad collectively, to remind them of their responsibilities to the game.
Cameroon did remain on the field for the second-half kick off, however further controversy was merely moments away.
Making a bright start to the second 45, Cameroon looked to have hit back a goal in response to make it 2-1, only for the officials to again intervene and flag offside.
Replays showed Ajara Nchout to be marginally offside, with the decision again outraging the Cameroon players and doing nothing to help sooth tempers.
Cameroon were yet again outraged, with players from both on field and the substitutes bench showing their anger towards the referee.
Some players even angrily pointed at the screen in the ground in frustration over the decision, with some protesting to the assistant referee as their coach had to calm them down.
There was plenty of drama throughout the game, with Cameroon failing to cover themselves in glory and Lionesses manager Neville made his feelings known after the final whistle.
He told BBC Sport after their progression to the World Cup quarter-finals: ‘It didn’t feel like football, I’ve got to be honest.
‘I know we get these briefs about coming on TV and just saying “it was a good win”. It was a good win, we played okay, we passed the ball well, we were ruthless in attack. We’re ready to play in a quarter final. But I’ve got to say that wasn’t football.
‘That wasn’t a World Cup last 16 in terms of the behaviour that I want to see from footballers. This is going out worldwide. I can’t stand here and say I enjoyed it, my players didn’t enjoy it.
Culled from Mail Sport