The world of football will never cease to amaze us. England U19 (under 19) Women Qualify After 18-Second Replay
For a while now every weekend, bad decisions are made by the referees worldwide. Many tend to think that injustice is the beauty of football, and that nothing can be done to make things change. Yet a surprising decision by UEFA will make a lot of noise.
On April 4, women’s U19 Norway faced England in a qualifying match for the upcoming Euro.
The Norwegian, who then lead 2 goals to 0, conceded a goal in the 86th minute. Ten minutes later, in injury time, the German referee of the meeting, Marija Kurtes, awarded a penalty to the British.
Leah Williamson equalized, but the woman in black refuse the goal for encroachment into the surface. Except that instead of ordering the retake of the penalty, she offers a free kick to the Norwegian who, due to this fact of the game, eventually end up winning the game by 2 goals to 1.
Four days later, after a complaint by the British, UEFA publishes on its website this release.
“We decided that Norway had qualified on April 8, but the control board, ethics and discipline of UEFA announced that the match against England on April 4 will be replayed from the minute at which the penalty was given to the British, who were led 2 goals to 1 “.
So the game eventually took place on Thursday for 18 seconds.
UEFA rules state the referee should have ordered the penalty to be re-taken and its Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body took the unprecedented step of ordering the final moments of the game to be replayed again at the Seaview Stadium in Belfast on Thursday night.
The football body said Ms Kurtes had been sent home from the qualifying event in Northern Ireland.
Defender Leah Williamson scored the spot-kick in the sixth minute of stoppage time to level the score at 2-2 against Norway, sending England through to the finals in Israel in July.
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