FIFA World Cup: French Football Federation Files Complaint Over Antoine Griezmann’s Disallowed Goal

FIFA World Cup: French Football Federation Files Complaint Over Antoine Griezmann's Disallowed Goal

A complaint was filed over Antoine Greizmann’s disallowed goal by the French football federation. The statement of the French football federation on Thursday night said that the goal was “unfairly refused” but they did not elaborate it, amid reports it focused on the fact.

A complaint is filed by the French soccer federation with FIFA over Antoine Greizmann’s disallowed goal at the end of a 1-0 loss to Tunisia at the World Cup on Wednesday. In the final and 8th minute of stoppage time at Education City Stadium, Greizmann drilled in a low shot. Following a video review, referee Matthew Conger ruled out the equaliser. The statement of the French football federation on Thursday night said that the goal was “unfairly refused” but they did not elaborate it, amid reports it focused on the fact. 

The match was restarted by Conger and then he blew the final whistle. After that he consulted VAR and ruled out Griezmann’s goal. When a cross came over, Greizmann was in an offside position but then he retreated and appeared to be playing back into an onside position following the deflection of a Tunisia defender when he shot into the bottom left corner. 

The FFF said that 24 hours were with it from the end of the match for filing an official complaint with the governing body FIFA. Further, no details were given.Since 2014, when it lost 1-0 to Germany in quarter finals, it was the first World Cup defeat of France. France, the defending champion finished a top group D on goal difference from Australia and will be facing Poland in the last 16 on Sunday.

The French manager Didier Deschamps was not escaped by this nuance. In a press conference, the coach said, “I went to see the referee, I did not feel very comfortable. (…) I am waiting for an answer on the rules. The referee blew the whistle for the restart [after the French goal] and then he blew for the end of the match. Does he have the right to go back on this? I talked to him. I asked him. I’m waiting for an answer.”

The press agency Agence France Presse (AFP) interviewed a referring source according to which this is not VAR protocol. She explained, “Once the restart has been signalled, you cannot return to the offside situation.” AFP consulted a video assistance protocol and according to it, “if play has resumed after being stopped, the referee cannot carry out an analysis [with the support of video], except in the case of mistaken identity or in the case of an infraction punishable by exclusion such as violent behaviour, spitting, biting, and/or offensive, obscene or insulting words or actions.”

Bullet points:

  • The French football federation complained about Antoine Greizmann’s goal that was disallowed.
  • The goal was “unfairly disallowed,” according to the French football federation’s statement on Thursday night, although they did not clarify despite claims to the contrary.
  • The FFF stated that it had 24 hours from the conclusion of the game to lodge a formal grievance with FIFA.
  • The defending champion France, who finished above of Australia in group D on goal differential, will take on Poland in the round of 16 on Sunday.

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