International football

England v Norway U19 controversial ending

It seems controversy and referee bizzare decisions are coming aplenty at the moment. Let’s have a look at England’s “defeat” against Norway in the U19 Elite Round game. Everything centers on the penalty scored by Leah Willianson on 90+6 that should have been the equaliser.

According to the FA match report :

Williamson converted the kick but referee Marija Kurtes ruled the goal out for encroachment – and awarded an indirect free-kick.

Now if we look at the law of the games Law 14 , there is absolutely no doubt that the referee took the wrong decision.

If the referee gives the signal for a penalty kick to be taken
and, before the ball is in play, one of the following occurs:

a team-mate of the player taking the kick infringes the Laws of the Game:
• the referee allows the kick to be taken
• if the ball enters the goal, the kick is retaken

Oh dear oh dear. Marija Kurtes is a German referee and you would not expect to see decisions like that to happen.

So what can England do ? According to the competition regulations  :

Article 45 Protests and appeals
45.01 Participating associations are entitled to protest against the validity of a match result within 12 hours of the end of the match in question in accordance with the relevant provisions of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations.

Let’s hope England have submitted a protest as per Article 9 – Disciplinary scope of decisions taken by the referee

“The provisions of these regulations relating to protests against match results
affected by a referee’s decision that was an obvious violation of a rule remain
applicable” England have a  case for appeal then. It will be interesting to see if the match result is overturned provided that the FA lodged a protest in the 12 hours window.

By the way, remember that unvalid goal scored by Liverpool against Birmingham last season in the FA WSL ? As far as I know, the FA rules actually do not allow for that kind of protest to be made and if I had read the 2015 regulations things are still the same.

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