Referee banned for life after holding VAR review on fan’s phone

Stefan Lazovic, a Serbian referee, was permanently barred after using video from a fan’s phone during a VAR review to overturn an offside ruling, Newspremises reports.

Pictures of Lazovic’s VAR inspection during one of Serbia’s lower-level competitions earlier this week went viral.

After watching the spectator’s footage and later changing his mind after seeing that the player was actually onside, he had initially ruled out a goal for offside.

According to The Sun, Serbian authorities were unimpressed by the choice and have now relieved Lazovic of his responsibilities.

Social media users were outraged by Lazovic’s apparent firing, and referee supporters rallied online.

Former Manchester United and Chelsea star Nemanja Matic commented on an Instagram post supporting Lazovic with a two raised hands emoji.

The original comment written by ftbl.serbia read: “Support for Stefan Lazovic! Why should only he suffer, why such a rigorous sentence, why a lifetime ban from trial?

“How is it possible that there is no penalty for the delegate and all other authorities from the responsible FS of that district?”

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