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FIFA rejected France’s appeal against not accepting Griezmann

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FIFA has rejected France’s appeal against Antoine Griezmann not scoring in their shock 1-0 World Cup defeat by Tunisia last week.

Griezmann thought he had canceled out Wahbi Khaseri’s goal in the eighth minute of stoppage time at the Education City Stadium.

However, the celebrations were cut short and after the full-time whistle, Griezmann’s goal was ruled out by referee Michael Conger for offside.

The Atlético Madrid forward was ruled offside when he smashed into Aurelien Chomny’s pass, which had been helped into the path of a Tunisian defender.

But the French Football Federation felt the referees had erred in disallowing the goal as play restarted briefly when the VAR intervened.

“We are writing a complaint because Antoine Griezmann’s goal was disallowed by mistake,” the French Football Federation said last Wednesday.

Had France won the appeal, the score would have changed to 1-1, although the final Group D standings remain unchanged.

However, FIFA confirmed in a statement on Monday that it would not consider the matter further.

“The FIFA Disciplinary Committee rejected the objection submitted by the French Football Federation regarding the Tunisia-France match,” the statement read.

In the 2014 quarter-finals, Khazri’s impressive goal secured defending champions France a run of nine matches without defeat.

The Blues beat Poland 3-1 in the last 16 on Sunday and now face England in the quarter-finals on Saturday.

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