There's something a little bit sour in the way the Junior All Whites were eliminated from the Fifa Under-20 World Cup.

It feels like New Zealand were wronged, and football fans in this country will be feeling a bit sick.

From some quarters there will be the inevitable reaction "that's sport" or "that's what happens in football", but actually it doesn't. It never has before.


The penalty shootout, which is already a lottery, turned on the unprecedented intervention of the VAR assistant referee, who was implementing a new Fifa rule change around penalty kicks.

That tweak to the laws,