The French Football Federation is filing a complaint with FIFA over Antoine Griezmann’s disallowed goal at the end of a 1-0 loss to Tunisia at the World Cup on Wednesday. Griezmann drilled in a low shot in the eighth and final minute of stoppage time at Education City Stadium. Referee Matthew Conger ruled out the equalizer following a video review.
The FFF’s statement overnight Thursday said the goal was “unfairly refused” but did not elaborate, amid reports it focused on the fact Conger restarted the match then blew the final whistle - after which he consulted VAR and ruled out Griezmann’s goal. Griezmann was in an offside position when a cross came over but then retreated and appeared to be played back into an onside position following a Tunisia defender’s deflection when he shot into the bottom left corner. The FFF said that it had 24 hours from the end of the match to file an official complaint with governing body FIFA. No further details were given. However, the VAR Protocol, contained within the Laws of the Game, specifically states that a result should stand if there has been such a VAR error: "In principle, a match is not invalidated because of review(s) of a non-reviewable situation/decision."