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Japan’s second goal against Spain was one of the many controversies that arbitration has left in conjunction with the VAR (Video Assistant Referee). A physicist and engineer recognized on social networks for his explanatory videos implemented the ‘FAR’ to explain the reasons that make the Japanese goal a totally valid action.
This is the doctor in particle physics, Javier Santaolalla. Through his TikTok account where he accumulates 39 million followers and more than 140 million likes, this 40-year-old man resorted to ‘FAR’, which is nothing more than physics-based arbitration.
Santaolalla analyzed one of the most controversial plays of the Qatar 2022 World Cup, specifically the second goal of Japan vs. Spain where several images seem to show a plane where the ball is seen completely outside the baseline.
The reason why the ball does not completely come out even though it seems to, responds to a principle of quantum physics where an electron acquires energy and makes the atom larger.
“This occurs when a photon (particle of light) reaches the atom and is absorbed by one of the low energy level electrons, causing it to absorb that energy and make the quantum leap to a higher level,” he said.
According to the explanation, in Japan’s goal it seems that the atoms do not touch the bottom line. However, at the moment this occurs, a photon caused an electron and it reaches a higher level in which the size of the atom increases and causes the ball to touch the line.
“Japan’s goal is scientific, quantum and physically valid. This is what the FAR declares, the arbitration based on physics, ”he concluded.
The action of Japan’s second goal generated many doubts and strong criticism of the refereeing. With that score, the Japanese defeated the Spanish and qualified as first in the group, leaving Germany out.
Javier Santaolalla is recognized within the scientific community for having worked at the National Center for Space Studies in France, Ciemat and the European Organization for Nuclear Research, where he was part of the team that discovered the Higgs boson.
On social networks like YouTube and TikTok, this young physicist and engineer is dedicated to explaining these complicated theories with everyday examples and in a simple way.
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