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Willem II midfielder Anouar Kali becomes first player to be sent off by video assistant referee in Dutch cup

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.”

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