Cavani: Former United Striker Wants World Cup Referee Sent to Jail After VAR ‘Mistakes’

Cavani: Former United Striker Wants World Cup Referee Sent to Jail After VAR ‘Mistakes’

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:22 PM
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  • Valencia and Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani could be struck with severe sanctions
  • Cavani lost his cool in his country's final group game at the World Cup against Ghana
  • The 35-year-old was recorded hitting the VAR screen to the ground as he walked past

Edinson Cavani furiously struck the VAR monitor as he left the field, after Uruguay's final World Cup group stage game against Ghana.

The former Manchester United striker unleashed his anger on the technology, following his country's exit from the tournament in Qatar last month.

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Edinson Cavani led a delegation of Uruguay players to angrily register their displeasure with the performance of Daniel Siebert after Uruguay's World Cup game against Ghana. Photo credit: @ladh
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With a disciplinary decision set to be made about Cavani's outrage, the Valencia frontman reckons if he is sanctioned, Daniel Siebert - who took charge of the game - should be put behind bars.

"If they sanction me for hitting the VAR [monitor], the referee - for having knocked us out of the World Cup - they have to put him in jail," he said in an interview with El Larguero, as quoted by MARCA.

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Cavani gave his rationale: "Because they are mistakes that, with the VAR, all the cameras and all the referees who are behind, they cannot make."

Wary of the severity of the possible sanctions, the 35-year-old appeared to express remorse over his actions.

"I'm worried [about a possible sanction]. Yes, of course, it worries me, because it would mean being out of competitions with my teammates, my club and my national team. It worries me. But these are things that happen," he said.

Cavani punches VAR screen

Former Manchester United striker, Cavani unleashed his anger the moment the final whistle was blown, following Uruguay's early World Cup exit.

The 35-year-old was introduced in the game in the 65th minute to replace his long-time strike partner, Luis Suarez during their last Group H game against Ghana on Friday.

However, the Valencia forward was full of frustration and aimed his fury at the VAR screen after his side was eliminated from the Mundial.

Uruguay make undignified exit

Sports Brief earlier reported that the sight of a tearful Luis Suarez hiding his face in his shirt and an enraged Cavani knocking over a monitor encapsulated Uruguay's 2022 World Cup exit.

For the two striking greats, both 35 years old, it was a deeply underwhelming and undignified way to leave the biggest stage for the final time.

Uruguay beat Ghana 2-0 but crashed out of the Qatar tournament on goals scored, thanks to South Korea's last-gasp 2-1 win over Portugal.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.