The French Football Federation have now filed a complaint to FIFA after Antoine Griezmann’s late equaliser against Tunisia was ruled out for offside after the final whistle had been blown. VAR took centre stage once again at the World Cup on Wednesday for France’s clash with Tunisia.
The north African team had taken a surprise lead against the World Cup favourites and were on course for a famous win. But just as news filtered through that Australia’s win over Denmark meant Tunisia would be going out of the tournament regardless, Griezmann then popped up with an equaliser deep into stoppage time as a double sucker punch.
While replays were being shown, the referee blew for the game to be restarted by Tunisia, before the final whistle was blown seconds later. Remarkably, the game was not over though as VAR officials told referee Matthew Conger to review Griezmann’s goal for a potential offside.
Replays clearly showed the Frenchman was offside when the first ball over the top of Tunisia’s defence had been played. Huge cheers erupted in the stands from Tunisian fans when the referee waved the goal off before resuming play.
It changed nothing for the final standings in the group, but France clearly feel aggrieved at how the situation played out. RMC Sport report that ‘an action or goal cannot be the subject of a VAR review after the resumption of play’.
It suggests that the VAR review of Griezmann’s goal after the game had finished should not have gone ahead. And France have now filed a complaint to FIFA over the decision to rule out Griezmann’s equaliser.
A source told RMC Sport: “We are writing a complaint following the goal of Antoine Griezmann, wrongly refused, from our point of view. This complaint must be sent to FIFA within 24 hours of the end of the match.”
France still finished top of their group despite losing 1-0 to Tunisia. And Poland’s dramatic 2-0 defeat to Argentina means they will meet France in the last-16 of the World Cup on Sunday.
The other last-16 clash now confirmed is Argentina facing off against Australia, which takes place on Saturday. It’s still all to play for in the remaining groups with the likes of Germany and Belgium looking to avoid a shock exit from the tournament on Thursday.
Germany currently sit bottom of Group E, but can qualify for the next round with a win over Costa Rica and as long as Japan don’t beat Spain. Meanwhile, Belgium can still finish top of their group as they’re just one point behind both Croatia and Morocco.