The Serbian referee who hilariously used footage on a fan’s phone to overturn an offside decision has reportedly been banned for life.
Stefan Lazovic went viral after images of his budget ‘VAR check’ in one of Serbia’s lower division competitions surfaced earlier this week.
The match official originally ruled out an offside goal before studying the viewer’s video and finally deciding that the player was indeed offside.
According to the Sun, Serbian chiefs were not impressed by the decision and have since removed Lazovic from office.
Lazovic’s alleged dismissal sparked outrage on social media as fans supported the referee.
The original comment from ftbl.serbia read: “Support for Stefan Lazovic! Why should only he suffer, why such a harsh sentence, why a lifelong ban from trial?
“How is it possible that there is no punishment for the delegate and all other authorities from the competent FS of this district?
“How could the game be played without an assistant referee?! Who is responsible here? Why does Stefan’s spear break?
“At the end of the day, the fact that he saw the video and changed the decision just shows that he wanted everything to be FAIR!
“He talks about not being a slave to his vanity, but he admitted his mistake and corrected it.
“Well, this video went around the world and now millions of people have heard about Popovic and Apollon football clubs and Vrnjci village!
‘In short, we appeal to the judging organization and the competent authorities – now CHANGE the decision! Make the VAR system work for you, too, and nullify the penalty. Correct the ERROR!
‘SUPPORT FOR STEFAN LAZOVIC!’