England’s Fran Kirby has said she fears forwards could deliberately try to win a VAR penalty by aiming for an opponent’s arm — the circumstances in which she secured one for England in their opening game.
The 25-year-old said she as so convinced that the spot kick would be given against Scotland that she told penalty-taker Nikita Parris to prepare herself mentally.
But asked if she thought players may deliberately seek a penalty that way, she said: ‘I’d like to think players wouldn’t do that. (But) it could (happen), yes.’
‘I don’t feel in that moment you are thinking: “I’m going to cross it and hit her hand”.’
FIFA have admitted that 14 of 52 Women’s World Cup games have sold out, a month after boasting only a ‘few matches’ still had tickets available.
The only capacity games have been host France’s opening victory over South Korea in Paris and Brazil’s win over Jamaica in Grenoble.
FIFA defended its ticketing pricing policy, with some starting at just under nine euros (£8) as part of a special 25-euro package (£22) allowing fans to attend three matches. It said that it had now sold one million tickets for the World Cup.