The KNVB Beker (Dutch Cup) encounter between Willem II and Ajax at the Amsterdam ArenA was the first competitive game involving a video assistant referee and the experiment immediately paid off as Danny Makkelie dismissed Kali at video official Pol van Boekel’s advice.
Kali initially seemed to escape with a booking after a reckless foul on Lasse Schone in midfield, only for the match official to pull out a red moments later after speaking to his video assistant.
“I asked Pol whether he was 100 per cent sure and he did not have any doubts. It’s a clear decision then,” Makkelie explained.
“The video footage speaks for itself. This is one of those moments where a video referee proves to be very useful.”