German fans are celebrating today after a VAR appeal led to Geoff Hurst’s second goal in the 1966 World Cup being disallowed.
The 1966 World Cup Final had ended 2-2 after ninety minutes, with the Germans in the ascendancy having equalised one minute from time, but that momentum was curtailed as Hurst scored in the eleventh minute of extra time, with the Russian linesman insisting the ball had crossed the line.
However, VAR officials have now concluded that the goal should not have been given, and a panel has decided that Germany would have gone on to win the World Cup that year.
“Yes, we’ve been a little slow getting to the correct decision,” explained one VAR official from Russia, “but as we’ve seen throughout the current tournament, it’s better we get the decision right, rather than quickly.”
German fans have welcomed the news, which now makes them the joint most successful national team in world football, with five wins alongside Brazil.
Travelling supporter Helmut Williams told us, “I’ll be honest, losing 2-0 to South Korea and going out of the World Cup in the group stages had left a bitter taste in the mouth, but this definitely makes everything better.
“Knowing that we actually beat England in a match from twenty years before I was born is just the best news possible. Though it would be nice to see them go out on penalties again in the first knockout round.
England fans have been left bereft at the news on the even of such an important game against Belgium.
As one explained, “We’re going to need a whole new set of songs – ‘Two world wars and no world cups, doo dah, doo dah’ just doesn’t have the same ring to it.”