This Thursday, Standard qualified for the semi-final of the Belgian Cup to the detriment of Club Brugge. A victory by the smallest of the margins which will not have failed to create controversy. Indeed, in the additional time of this game, Philippe Clement’s men snatched the equalizer… before seeing this goal refused, in the most total confusion. In question, a fault of hand of Simon Mignolet just before David Okereke does not push the leather at the bottom of the cages.
For the Professional Refereeing Department, this decision to cancel the Bruges project was the right one. “In the absence of VAR, this situation could not be reviewed. A big emotional discussion then erupts. When communicating about the situation, there is a moment of confusion and the referee decides to award the goal. Since the chaotic and emotional atmosphere complicates communication, the referee calls out his assistant referee in relation to the situation. The referee then confirms his previous decision, namely the cancellation of the goal. The Professional Refereeing Department supports the arbitrator’s final decision. “
However, there is another phase that created controversy, as Philippe Clement pointed out in the interview just after the final whistle. The Bruges tactician claimed that, on the Liège goal, Klauss was in an offside position. An illegal position which could not be reviewed, given the absence of the VAR. And, in its statement, the refereeing department confirmed that Muleka’s goal should have been canceled too! “This is a complicated situation to judge in the heat of the moment. In the absence of the VAR, this situation could not be reviewed. After viewing the footage, the Professional Refereeing Department expects the Assistant Referee to raise their flag to signal this offside situation. “