the world cup final ended nearly a week ago, but the drama surrounding it continued as the match referee showed a photo on his phone during a press conference to respond to claims according to which Lionel Messi’s goal in extra time should not have stood.
Argentina won the final in Lusail, Qatar 4-2 on penalties after the match ended 3-3 after 120 minutes of action, with Messi scoring twice and Kylian Mbappe scoring a hat-trick for France.
Szymon Marciniakthe first Polish referee to officiate a World Cup final, has been criticized by French media that he should have scored Messi’s goal in extra time because two Argentine substitutes appeared to enter the pitch before the ball went into the net.
French newspaper L’Equipe mentioned International Football Association Board Law 3(9), which states that the referee must disallow the goal if a substituted player was on the field of play when the goal was scored.
Marciniak responded to criticism in a unique way.
He took out a screenshot on his phone which showed seven French substitutes entering the pitch as they celebrated one of Mbappe’s goals.
“The French didn’t mention this picture, where you can see how there are seven Frenchmen on the pitch when Mbappe scores a goal,” Marciniak said holding the phone while talking to reporters.
Marciniak’s comments came after a petition was launched calling for the final to be replayed due to refereeing errors. The petition has so far exceeded 220,000 signatures.

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