No matter what happens next, the France team will not end this 2022 World Cup undefeated.
Fifa announced on Monday that it had rejected the complaint filed last Thursday by the French Football Federation (FFF) to change the score of Tunisia-France (1-0) at the 2022 World Cup. , Antoine Griezmann scored the equalizing goal, disallowed for offside by match referee Matthew Conger, after the final whistle.
"Fifa's Disciplinary Committee has rejected the complaint submitted by the French Football Federation in connection with the Tunisia-France World Cup match played on November 30," the body wrote in a short statement, without revealing the details. reasons for this rejection.
And therein lies the problem since the VAR was obviously misused during this end of the match.
The defeat of the Blues confirmed
The France team, beaten last Wednesday in this game without much stake at the Education City stadium in Doha, had expressed doubts about the use of video assistance to arbitration (VAR) to cancel out a goal from Griezmann at the 90th + 8. In its complaint to Fifa, France noted that the VAR was used "after the resumption of play and after the end of the match", which is contrary to the protocol for the use of this technology, According to the video assistance protocol, "if play has resumed after being stopped, the referee cannot carry out an analysis except in the case of mistaken identity or in the case of an offense liable to exclusion such as violent behavior , spitting, biting, and/or hurtful, rude or offensive words or acts”.
Goal denied to Griezmann: Fifa ranking, morale… why France complained
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A modification of the final result would in any case have changed nothing in the Group D standings: Tunisia were eliminated in both cases and France qualified to face Poland, whom they beat 3-1 on Sunday in the round of 16. final to qualify for the quarter-finals, where they will face England next Saturday.
On the other hand, the FFF could consider itself aggrieved concerning the world ranking of Fifa: the defeat against Tunisia will cause France to lose around 38 points, which will place it under threat from England, fifth in the ranking before the Global.
A draw would have been more advantageous for this classification used to designate the seeds of several international competitions.