Bolsonaro bodyguards interfered with the communication between the ref and the VAR
The application of the VAR was highly controversial in the Brazil-Argentina game which saw the hosts get into the Copa America final. Messi complained about the refereeing after the game while the Argentinian Federation (AFA) seemed to be hinting at it as well. Now the Brazilian press has revealed that there were communication issues prior to the match.
'GloboEsporte' assures that interference was detected in the audio system which connected the on-field referees to each other as well as with the VAR.
The incident was not made public, but the cited media outlet revealed that the problem came about because the frequency the officials were using coincided with the one the Brazilian president's security team were using. Jair Bolsonaro was at the Mineirao to watch the semi-final encounter.
'Goal' reports that CONMEBOL have issued a statement to calm tensions. They say that no incident or anomaly occurred with the VAR during the encounter.
In other words, CONMEBOL are suggesting that any issues with the VAR are due to the on-field referee Roddy Zambrano and the VAR Leodan Gonzalez. Their performance was highly questionable on Tuesday night.