VAR is in full swing after the world cup, social media users are using 'VAR' to expose blunders.

DURBAN - IT has been almost a month since the French national team lifted the coveted World Cup trophy.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia was spectacular, stadiums were packed, the atmosphere was electric, the football was out of this world, and the goals were divine - mostly.

But the Russian World Cup also had a world cup tournament first, the VAR - short for video-assisted referee. VAR played it’s part in the World Cup final between Croatia and France, as Les Bleu scored from the spot with a VAR awarded penalty.  

But that’s not why we are here. In South Africa, about three weeks post the World Cup, the obsession over VAR has translated to social media users using a virtual VAR referee to point out gaffes in people’s pictures or posts on social media.

The “Facebook VAR” or “Twitter VAR” - depending on which social network one is on, is gaining momentum and causing embarrassment for users, whose blunders would normally go unnoticed, but instead they are now being awarded virtual red cards or virtual penalty kicks for their blunders.

Like @Badt_Boi on Twitter, who claimed his girlfriend likes taking pictures on him. The Twitter VAR caught him red-handed, as an extreme zoom into his sunglasses showed he had in fact taken the picture himself, meaning there was no purring girlfriend snapping pictures away - as he would have liked you to believe.

The virtual VAR also detects alleged counterfeit products, like in this case where one of the men was seen wearing a Dolce and Gabbaba T-shirt, as opposed to the more conventional and well known brand, Dolce and Gabbana. Eish.

Ouch. Yuck. Spits. When a social media user gloated about having clean food, little did they know VAR would actually spot a roach in their muesli.

And an innocent picture between friends ended up showing too many toys.