England made it to the last eight of the Women’s World Cup on Sunday in a 3-0 victory over Cameroon, but England wasn’t the story of the game. Instead, the Cameroon players have been under scrutiny for how they reacted during several VAR assisted penalties that went against them. And now FIFA is getting involved.
According to the BBC, FIFA announced on Monday that it’s “currently looking into” the behavior of Cameroon’s players, and that “further updates will be provided in due course.”
The behavior FIFA is looking into happened twice, both times after VAR changed what had just happened on the field. The first incident happened four minutes into first-half stoppage time, when a goal for England was initially disallowed due to an offsides call. But after VAR, the goal was allowed and England went up 2-0. Cameroon players were visibly upset and protested on the field, then huddled together, stopping play from continuing for several minutes.
The second incident was essentially the opposite of the first. Cameroon’s Ajara Nchout scored a second-half goal that would have brought the score to 2-1, but it was disallowed due to an offsides call after VAR review. Once again the players were upset on the field, and took several minutes together before play could continue.
FIFA may not be the only governing body investigating the behavior of Cameroon’s players. Isha Johansen, chair of the Confederation of African Football's women's football committee, called for an investigation to be opened in a statement released on Monday. Via the BBC:
"Whilst remaining proud of our African teams that participated in the Fifa Women's World Cup, yesterday's match between England and Cameroon reflected badly, not only on African women's football but African football on the whole. It is an issue which will be addressed and dealt with at the appropriate levels of governance."
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