My one hope for VAR, which I otherwise think is complete waste of time, is that it would put this rubbish to bed once and for all. Instead it's actively aiding and abetting the divers. You know when the ref goes to the screen that the slightest contact will be given as a penalty EVERY time.
All VAR has done is highlight that it wasn't really the "speed of the game" or whatever after all. It's that most refs are completely inept when it comes to understanding what they're looking at, probably because very few actually play or have played the game at any level.
On the praise for Ronaldo, where do you even start? It shouldn't be a thing getting praise for winning a penalty. A penalty should only be awarded because a defender has made a mistake. It's a "penalty" i.e. a punishment. It's not a "reward" for being clever or cunning or whatever bollox they come out with.
By all means praise the run or the dribble etc that led to the mistake, but players shouldn't be praised for intentionally trying to win a penalty as opposed to, you know, try and play the game as it's intended.
The fact it's FIFA saying it says it all. Game is fooked. No-one wonder I only care about Boro these days. If it wasn't for that I'd barely watch the "sport".