England get blunder referee Wilmar Roldan for World Cup Group G opener against Tunisia

England have been assigned controversial Colombian referee Wilmar Roldan for their opening World Cup game against Tunisia, with the South American already having been at the centre of two VAR controversies in the last year.

Despite being highly rated, Roldan was at the centre of farcical VAR blunders at last year’s Confederations Cup, initially sending off the wrong player. Cameroon’s Sebastien Siani was wrongly booked for a high challenge by team-mate Ernest Mabouka on Germany’s Emre Can.

Reviewing the incident using VAR, Roldan (right) upgraded the card to red but failed to spot he was punishing the wrong player.

Amid Cameroon protests, he reviewed the incident again, rescinded Siani’s sending off and eventually showed red to the correct culprit Mabouka.

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