The French Football Federation will file a protest against the cancellation of Griezmann’s goal against Tunisians at the World Cup
MOSCOW, 1 Dec – The French Football Federation (FFF) will file a protest with the International Football Federation (FIFA) against the cancellation of Antoine Griezmann’s goal against Tunisia in the third round match of the World Cup group stage in Qatar, reports Le Parisien.
Teams of France and Tunisia met on Wednesday. In the eighth minute of injury time, with the score 1-0 to the Tunisians, Griezmann scored the ball. Referee Matthew Conger counted the goal and soon gave the final whistle, fixing a 1-1 draw, but then went to watch a video replay, after which he canceled the goal due to offside and resumed the match. As a result, the meeting ended with a score of 1:0 in favor of the Tunisian team.
As noted, the FFF’s appeal is not related to the reason why the ball was not counted, but to the procedure for using the Video Assistance Referee (VAR) system. The referee was called for a video review after the Tunisians played the ball shortly before the final whistle in the match. However, the International Football Association Board (IFAB), which is responsible for football rules, does not allow this possibility in such cases.
The French team took first place in their group, the Tunisian team came third and did not reach the playoffs of the World Cup.