GAME ROUND #31
Botafogo vs Palmeiras
November 1, 2023
VAR DEMANDS INVALID RED CARD; DESTROYS CLASSIC;
PALMEIRAS OVERCOMES 2-GOAL
DEFICIT; TAKES ALL 3 POINTS
VAR OFFICIAL INTERVENES TO RECOMMEND RED CARD; APPEARS NOT TO SHARE OPTIMAL CAMERA ANGLE WITH MATCH REFEREE
Result of Error: Palmeiras uses Red Card advantage to overcome 3-1 deficit and take all 3 points during critical game in 2023 championship (Game results in '6 point swing')
Key Question that Remains Unanswered: Why did the VAR referee choose to not share a camera angle that exonerates the player from Expulsion? The video below shows the camera views provided to the match referee. The focus is on the field position of the players, with no effort to confirm important pre-conditions to a DOGSO review. The match referee, without the right camera angle, might have no idea the defender reached the ball first, and that the Palmeiras player never mastered or possessed the ball.
Among the principal requirements of an expulsion for Denial of Goal Scoring Opportunity (DOGSO) are that (1) the defender did not make a clear attempt for the ball and (2) the attacking player must have a mastery of the ball and a clear opportunity to score.
The rear view, or the front view, both show clearly that Botafogo's Adryelson beat the Palmeiras player to the ball. He made a clear attempt on the ball and actually kicked the ball first. The attacking player's touch of the ball only occurred as a result of the clearance of the ball by Adryelson. There was no control of the ball, at any time, by the attacking player. His body was never directly moving toward the goal, and there is also a clear question as to whether or not the attacking player (even in a valid DOGSO review) would have been able to turn to the goal, and gain possession of the ball, before Botafogo's trailing defender (de Placido) would have been able to catch up to the play.
The rule in Arbitration, globally, is that if you have to ask if it's a DOGSO, it's probably not a DOGSO.
CONCLUSION: Independent Report Confirms Clear Error