Salmond’s Alba Party Call on UEFA to release Controversial Spain v Scotland VAR Audio Recordings

Alex Salmond’s ALBA Party have today called on UEFA to release the audio recordings between the match officials and the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) following Spain’s controversial victory over Scotland last night.

The Men’s National Team played a crucial Euro Championship qualifier in Seville against the former World Champions, Spain. Scotland required just a point to qualify for the second European Championship in a row, however, the match was marred in controversy following a Scott McTominay goal that VAR ruled out for a foul on the Spanish goalkeeper, Unai Simón.

Viewers were left perplexed after the reason for disallowing the goal was changed 10 minutes later to offside whilst the game was in play.

Earlier this month, following a controversial decision in a match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, audio conversations between the referee and VAR were released to provide clarity on how mistakes were made.

Commenting from Seville, ALBA Party General Secretary, Chris McEleny said:

“This was a match of huge importance to hundreds of thousands of people in Scotland. For the game to have been settled in this manner leaves a bad taste in the mouths of many in Scotland.

“In the interest of transparency, UEFA should release the conversations between the officials to reassure football fans across Scotland, and Europe, that there was nothing untoward going on.

“If a mistake has been made, it is right for UEFA and the match officials to own up to it and reassure fans that a similar mistake won’t be made again

"In all my years travelling to watch Scotland home and away, this looks to have been the worst refereeing decision I have ever witnessed. Nonetheless, Steve Clarke and his team put in yet another performance that all of Scotland can be proud of.”

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