Many TV viewers in France awoke to a shock on Thursday morning, belatedly discovering that the world champions had misplaced 1-0 Tunisia having turned off considering that Antoine Griezmann had levelled the sport. The broadcaster TF1 minimize to an advert break after Griezmann’s shot deep into stoppage time crossed the road, believing the ultimate whistle had sounded within the aftermath, and prompting hundreds of thousands of viewers to change off.
As a substitute the referee, Matthew Conger, was belatedly referred to as to seek the advice of the pitchside monitor by VAR and contentiously dominated out the late strike due to Griezmann’s offside place earlier in play. However TF1 had left its viewers with footage of France celebrations and Tunisian heartbreak, persevering with event protection with its World Cup Magazine present reasonably than returning to the stadium.
In the end, the 1-0 defeat didn’t change a lot as a result of France nonetheless completed prime of Group D and a Tunisia victory was not sufficient for the north African aspect to overhaul Australia in second place. Nevertheless a much-changed France shedding their unbeaten report in Qatar nonetheless got here as a shock to many followers.
TF1 issued an apology for its hasty exit on social media, and on the Magazine present the journalist Grégoire Margotton defined the channel’s error to the viewers that remained. “We have been satisfied that it was over, everybody was going again to the locker room,” Margotton stated. “It took a protracted, very long time and Mr Conger, the New Zealand referee, went to seek the advice of the VAR. He was instructed after a really very long time that there was an offside by Antoine Griezmann and that objective was subsequently disallowed.”
Nevertheless this will not be the top of the story, with the French Soccer Federation saying it is able to file a grievance to Fifa on the grounds that the last-gasp equaliser had been incorrectly dominated out.
The FFF stated in a press release: “We’re writing a grievance after Antoine Griezmann’s objective was, in our opinion, wrongly disallowed. This grievance needs to be filed inside 24 hours after the ultimate whistle.”
The FFF didn’t elaborate on its grievance, however there are two factors of competition. Griezmann was clearly offside when Aurélien Tchouaméni crossed however latched on to ball solely after the Tunisia defender Montassar Talbi’s tried clearance, by which level he was onside. Additionally the sport had restarted from kick-off, with the referee then showing to blow for full time, earlier than Conger went to assessment the footage. Ifab, soccer’s law-making physique, states that if a recreation has been restarted after a objective is given VAR can not intervene, so there was an error in process.
France salvaging a 1-1 draw wouldn’t have modified the group standings, with Tunisia nonetheless ending third and the world champions prime and going through Poland within the final 16.