MOSCOW Russia (Xinhua) --
The Video Assistant Referee review system has
already been the cause of much comment and controversy so far in
the World Cup, but until Wednesday nobody knew it could also
pose a health risk.
Iran coach Carlos
Queiroz complained about a VAR-assisted decision which saw what
would have been an equalizing goal correctly ruled out for
offside in his side’s 1-0 defeat against Spain.
As well as being
furious over the disallowed goal, Queiroz also revealed that one
of the members of the Iran press office, Mohsen Mogamedkia,
needed hospital treatment following the decision.
“We are worried
because a member of our staff suffered health problems following
the Video Referee’s decision. He had to go to hospital and we
hope that he is alright,” said Queiroz.
After being removed
from the stadium in Kazan and checked over in hospital,
Mogamedkia was able to rejoin the rest of the Iran team later
But be warned -
although it may help the referee make the right decision, VAR
can be bad for your health.
UN condemns deadly ethnic
violence in South Sudan refugee camp in Uganda
KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
The UN refugee agency on Thursday condemned the
ethnic violence in a South Sudan refugee settlement in
northwestern Uganda that left four people dead and 19 others
The United Nations
High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in a statement said it
regrets the tragic loss of life that followed a scuffle between
two male refugees of Dinka and Nuer tribesmen at Rhino Refugee
Settlement in Arua district on Sunday.
The refugee agency
said the sporadic violent attacks on refugees by fellow refugees
in the subsequent days resulted in four confirmed fatalities,
including that of a minor and 19 others injured.
“The acts that
caused these deaths and injuries are criminal and the
perpetrators must swiftly be brought to book in accordance with
the laws Uganda,” said Joel Boutroue, UNHCR Representative in
The four Dinka
tribesmen were killed in clashes with the Nuer following a
dispute between two male refugees while watching a World Cup
football match on television at a recreational center, according
to the Ugandan police.
It’s alleged that
one of the males left the center and when he returned he found
that the other had taken his seat, prompting a heated argument
between the two, which led to the fight that in turn sparked off
a series of violent attacks in different villages in the
that the misdeeds of a few should not be attributed to an entire
“It is telling that
such a minor incident should trigger a tragedy of such
magnitude. It has created an extremely volatile situation for
refugees in Tika Zone who are mostly women and children without
the protection of their menfolk,” said Boutroue.
“We are following
the situation closely and reviewing durable options to maintain
peace in the area,” he said.
government through the Office of the Prime Minister and UNHCR
has agreed to separate the two communities as a priority in
order to prevent the escalation of already high tensions between
youth on both sides, according to Boutroue.
“We are also going
to work with the communities to promote peace and
reconciliation,” he said.
More than 1 million
South Sudan refugees, according UNHCR, have fled to neighboring
Uganda since December 2013. Some left their home country because
of the ongoing ethnic violence there.