Referee BANNED FOR LIFE for staging ‘VAR review’ on fan’s phone as former Man Utd ace Nemanja Matic sends message of support

SERBIAN referee Stefan Lazovic has received backing from Nemanja Matic after being permanently banned for his ‘budget VAR check’.

Lazovic recently went viral when he decided to rule out a goal after checking footage saved on a fan’s phone.


Serbian referee Stefan Lazovic checked the footage on a fan’s phone1 credit
Nemanja Matic supported his compatriot


Nemanja Matic supported his compatriotCredit: Getty

Serbian chiefs wouldn’t have liked the incident in a lower league match that went viral around the world too much – would have stripped Lazovic of his duties.

The decision sparked outrage from fans online – with former Manchester United star Nemanja Matic among those offering their support at the ax whistle.

Matic, now from Roma, commented on a piece supporting Lazovic with a raised two-hand emoji – agreeing with the points made.

Posting by Instagram account ftbl.serbia read: “Support for Stefan Lazovic! Why should he only suffer, why such a harsh sentence, why a life trial ban?”

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

“How could the match be allowed to be played without an assistant referee?! Who is responsible here? Why is Stefan’s spear breaking?

“At the end of the day, the fact that he watched the video and changed his decision just shows that he wanted everything to be RIGHT!

“He talks about the fact that he was not a slave to his vanity, but he admitted and corrected his mistake.


“Well, this video has gone around the world and now millions of people have heard about the football clubs “over there” Popovic and Apollon, as well as the village of Vrnjci!

“In short, we appeal to the judges’ organization and the relevant authorities – now you CHANGE the decision! Let the VAR system work for you too and overturn the sanction. Correct the ERROR!


Many other commenters agreed with the post.

One wrote, “Punishment for correcting a bad decision.”

While a second added: “He always turns out to be an honest man, he didn’t hurt anyone, he just did the right thing, good for Stefan Lazovic.”

Nemanja Matic offered his support to Lazovic


Nemanja Matic offered his support to Lazovic

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