VAR referee dismissed by UEFA for Real Sociedad-RB Salzburg match


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Referee Szymon Marciniak facing the video. ALAIN JOCARD / AFP

Thomasz Kwiatkowski, the Polish referee in charge of VAR on Tuesday at the Parc des Princes, will not officiate this evening in C1 as initially planned. A decision which raises questions while Newcastle cries scandal after the disputed penalty awarded to PSG.

Is UEFA owning up to its mistake? The day after PSG-Newcastle (1-1) which saw the Parisians equalize thanks to a penalty deemed “sickening” in England, the governing body of European football has formalized a decision which should not stop the debates. In charge of VAR at the Parc des Princes, Polish referee Thomasz Kwiatkowski was excluded from the Real Sociedad-RB Salzburg match, scheduled for this Wednesday evening (9 p.m.), when he was to once again officiate as video referee.

On its official website, UEFA indicates that Kwiatkowski is replaced at the last minute by the German Marco Fritz, who will ist the Ukrainian Mykola Balakin. According to several media including The Telegraph And ESPN, the sidelining of Szymon Marciniak’s compatriot, on the whistle in Paris, would be linked to an error committed during the meeting between Parisians and Magpies. A hypothesis along the lines ofthe English press, which cries injustice and poor judgment this morning about the hand whistle against Newcastle and their defender Tino Livramento in added time.

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