Ajax Kali becomes first player to be sent off by video ref

The involvement of the video assistant referee cost Anouar Kali a red card in Willem II's defeat at the hands of Ajax

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Willem II midfielder Anouar Kali made history on Wednesday as he became the first player to be sent off by the video assistant referee in his side's 5-0 KNVB Beker defeat at the hands of Ajax.

Wednesday's encounter 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."

Van Boekel, meanwhile, explained that he watched a number of replays before advising Makkelie to dismiss Kali.

"I immediately thought 'ouch' after I saw the tackle," Van Boekel stated.

"I watched the foul again a number of times from various angles and reached the conclusion that it was definitely a red card.

"Had I had the chance to see the foul like that on the pitch, I would have given a red card."

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