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France confirm FIFA complaint over Tunisia clash

Les Blues suffered a shock defeat to end Group C


France’s Football federation (FFF) have confirmed that they will complain to FIFA about the decision to disallow Antoine Griezzman’s equaliser against Tunisia, with the federation slamming the misuse of VAR technology.

Having already qualified for the last 16 of the competition, where they will face Poland, Didier Deschamps fielded a heavily rotated side to face the north African side, making nine changes to his team from the XI that beat Denmark and leaving the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele and Griezmann all on the bench.

It backfired, however. Tunisia were far the better side for the opening hour and, after having a goal ruled out for offside in the first half, struck in the second as former Sunderland striker Wabhi Khazri found the back of the net.

On came the cavalry, and France ended the game in the ascendancy as they looked to avoid handing Tunisia a historic win. And Antoine Griezmann thought he had done so with just seconds left in second-half stoppage time, firing home after an initial cross was flicked on by a Tunisia defender, only for VAR to deem the Atletico Madrid man to be in an offside position.

However, France believe that the game had already restarted, which made a VAR check impossible under FIFA laws.

“We are writing a complaint following the goal of Antoine Griezmann, wrongly disallowed, from our point of view”, they explained. “This complaint must be sent to Fifa within 24 hours of the end of the match”.

FIFA rules explain that “If the game has resumed after being stopped, the referee cannot carry out an analysis except in the event of erroneous identity (in case of a red card) or in the event of an offense liable to exclusion such as behavior violent, spitting, biting, and / or hurtful, rude or abusive words or acts”, meaning that the referee should not have been able to overturn France’s goal.

The result, in this case, will be purely academic, with Tunisia out irrespective of the win or draw and France already atop their group.

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