France won’t give up after Fifa yesterday rejected the transalpines’ appeal following Antoine Griezmann’s equalizing goal canceled in the 97th minute by France-Tunisia. “We want to understand,” the assistant coach of the French national team, Guy Stéphan, explained today in the press conference, who however does not balk at the possibility of an appeal of the Fifa decision. “For the moment we don’t have all the explanations. What we want is to understand. After that, if we go on, it surpasses my function”, he underlined in response to a journalist who asked him if France would appeal.
“We want to understand. We have no pretensions towards our Tunisian friends. It would have been another team, we would have done the same thing. We just want to understand. We had telephone conversations with some referees who explained to us that if After the referee’s whistle has been blown and the match resumes, you can’t resort to the Var,” coach Didier Deschamps’ deputy underlined again.
Yesterday the Fifa Disciplinary Commission rejected the appeal presented by the FFF, the French Football Federation, regarding the Tunisia – France match of the World Cup on 30 November. Fifa did not add further details. The New Zealand referee, Matthew Conger, had initially validated the goal of the Madrid Atletico striker and whistled the end of the match. Then later he was recalled by Var and decided to cancel France’s goal. The referee let another minute play before finally blowing the whistle to end the game.