What Morocco's Nordin Amrabat said to the TV cameras after 2-2 draw with Spain

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There was no shortage of controversy during Monday night's round of World Cup fixtures.

Both the Portugal vs Iran and Spain vs Morocco clashes descended into sheer drama and confusion during the closing minutes of their games with the order of the group repeatedly shuffled.

In the end, there were no winners or losers on the night with Spain topping the group on goals scored with a last minute Iago Aspas strike.

Portugal seemingly had the group in their hands when Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded a penalty to put his nation 2-0 up, but his miss was followed by an Iran equaliser.

And, you guessed it, that just happened to emerge from a controversial VAR decision.

Spain 2-2 Morocco

It caused quite the debate amongst the pundits in the BBC Sport studio and left a number of supporters utterly perplexed on Twitter.

Morocco were feeling equally aggrieved when they missed out on victory over Spain in the closing minutes, having lead 2-1 despite already being eliminated.

Aspas found the back of the net with a deft back heel, only for the linesman's flag to cut his celebrations short.

Spain v Morocco: Group B - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

VAR thought otherwise, though, and La Roja recovered top spot in the group out of absolutely nowhere.

And although Morocco have already been eliminated from the tournament, they were still livid to miss out on a historic three points in such controversial circumstances.

Amrabat destroys VAR

One player who was particularly hacked off by the decision was Nordin Amrabat.

The Watford player went viral when he decided to shout "VAR is bulls**t" at a TV camera after the game, only to be pulled away by a teammate.

Take a look at the clip below:

It's sparked a massive reaction across Twitter, as has VAR in general this week.

The Moroccan players were also feeling aggrieved by a controversial Gerard Pique handball decision, as well as two-footed tackle, and a 50:50 corner awarding in the lead up to the goal.

He'll no doubt have many supporters for his actions in north Africa and VAR critics loved every second of his reaction, but it has struck a nerve with others.

Fans react on Twitter

Check out the reaction below:

To think people reckoned VAR would bring an end to all the controversy and debating.

There is little doubting that it's the future of football and in many circumstances, errors remain those of the referee themselves even if they use the footage to help with their decision.


And on this particular occasion, the correct decision was made with Aspas remaining in an onside position with only his arms stretching beyond the final defender.

That won't satisfy the Moroccans, however, and Amrabat's reaction was caught in the heat of the moment.

The emotion of the World Cup really can't be topped.

Do you think VAR should be at the World Cup? Have your say in the comments section below.

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