2022 World Cup in Qatar: did the France-Tunisia referee have the right to cancel Antoine Griezmann’s goal?


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The end of the match between France and Tunisia, Wednesday in Doha, ended in great confusion, the Blues thinking of having equalized in the very last seconds before the referee canceled the goal, after intervention of the VAR .

The New Zealand referee Matthew Conger of France-Tunisia would have made a mistake? According to information from an RMC Sport referee source, he was not allowed to use video assistance to cancel out Antoine Griezmann’s goal in the final moments of the game. The confusion over the French goal canceled by the VAR at the end of the match against Tunisia (1-0) led coach Didier Deschamps to request an explanation.

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After the goal and the celebrations, the referee whistled the engagement, made by the Tunisians. Then within seconds he blew the final whistle. Only then does he signal to the players that the use of VAR on goal action is in progress. But explains this refereeing source to our colleagues, an action or a goal cannot be the subject of a VAR analysis after a resumption of play. The video could have been used until the engagement but not after.

The point of view of Didier Deschamps

Didier Deschamps commented on the referee’s decision, regretting it: “I went to see the referee, I didn’t feel very comfortable with him. Offside, well, I don’t have all the regulations in head. Antoine is offside at the start, but it’s a second ball. No doubt the people who alerted the referee believe that it is in the laws of the game, “said the coach at the microphone of beIN Sports . “I am waiting for an answer on the regulations. The referee whistled the kick-off and the end of the match. Does he have the right to come back? I discussed with him. I told him asked. I’m waiting for an answer.”


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