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Video: Major Officiating Controversy During Women's World Cup

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RENNES, FRANCE - JUNE 17: (L-R) Halimatu Ayinde of Nigeria Women, Osinachi Ohale of Nigeria Women, Rita Chikwelu of Nigeria Women during the World Cup Women match between Nigeria v France at the Roazhon Park on June 17, 2019 in Rennes France (Photo by Eric Verhoeven/Soccrates/Getty Images)

We have our first big officiating controversy during the 2019 Women's World Cup. It involves the tournament's host country, France.

France is now leading Nigeria, 1-0, following a penalty kick goal late in the second half.

The penalty kick goal was a controversial one, as the French were allowed two penalty kick attempts thanks to a VAR review.

Nigeria saved France's initial penalty kick attempt, though VAR determined that the goalkeeper had come off the line.

So, the French got another attempt, and pushed it through for a leading goal.

The VAR did show the goalkeeper coming off the line, though it was just a couple of inches.

Fans and players are not happy with the decision, saying this isn't what VAR should be used for. It feels a little similar to replay review in baseball, when a fielder will keep their tag on a sliding player for several seconds just to see if the replay review shows their foot coming off the bag for a nanosecond.

France is now leading Nigeria, 1-0, with just a couple of minutes to play.

The finish can be seen on FOX.