A soccer referee in Serbia changes his mind and allows a goal after seeing the fan’s video of the shot

Hilarious moment a soccer referee changes his mind and allows a goal – after seeing a video of the shot taken by a fan on his phone!

  • A referee in the lower division league in Serbia denied the team a goal due to offside
  • He studied footage of the shot taken on a fan’s phone as he reviewed the decision
  • The match referee finally allowed the score after reviewing the footage several times

A soccer referee who disallowed a goal had a change of heart after a fan who took video of the shot showed him a cellphone replay when it went over.

The match referee in one of Serbia’s lower leagues initially disallowed the goal for offside after a blue-stripe player headed the ball in from a free-kick.

But a hilarious viral video shows the referee studying a clip of the shot taken by a pink-shirted spectator who leans over the fence to show him the footage.

A soccer referee in Serbia changes his mind and allows a goal after seeing the fan’s video of the shot

Not your average VAR: The Serbian referee (centre) studies video of the goal on a fan’s phone while a man who appears to be connected to the scoring team (left) scolds him

After studying the video several times, he tells a player from the scoring team (in blue) that he will let the goal stand - much to the team's delight

After studying the video several times, he tells a player from the scoring team (in blue) that he will let the goal stand – much to the team’s delight

Another video shows the shot in question, with one of the players in blue heading the ball home from a free-kick, only to have it ruled out for offside.

Another video shows the shot in question, with one of the players in blue heading the ball home from a free-kick, only to have it ruled out for offside.

Another man in a black shirt – who is on the pitch and appears to be associated with the side that had the goal disallowed – argues with the referee as he reviews the footage while other spectators join in as they try to overturn the decision.

The referee then takes the phone to the pitch, still studying the video, as players from both sides gather to see if he will overturn his decision.

He appears to watch the footage several times before conceding the goal, sending the players in blue into a frenzy as they run to celebrate.

It’s unclear whether the contest’s rules state that decisions can be overturned based on video evidence — especially when it’s provided by a fan rather than footage shot for television.

The hilarious incident is a far cry from the high-pressure, high-stakes use of video assistants in top-flight competitions around the world, including England’s Premier League.

EPL reviews broadcast footage using as many angles as possible, all shot in high definition and replayed in super slow motion.

How they do it in the pros: The semi-automated system being tested in the Champions League uses tracking technology and artificial intelligence and was responsible for Chelsea's goal being disallowed against Dinamo Zagreb (pictured)

How they do it in the pros: The semi-automated system being tested in the Champions League uses tracking technology and artificial intelligence and was responsible for Chelsea’s goal being disallowed against Dinamo Zagreb (pictured)

If the video assistant referee (VAR) believes the referee has made a mistake, he can recommend overturning the decision.

A recent report suggested that the EPL is set to use semi-automated offsides instead of the manual lines that VAR operates on after the system was successfully tested in the Champions League.

The new system works by sending an automated alert to the VAR when a player is offside, using tracking technology and artificial intelligence for instant decisions.

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