TF1 has apologized to viewers that it was able to plunge into confusion at the end of the Tunisia-France meeting of the World Cup, this Wednesday. While Antoine Griezmann’s equalizer (1-1) was finally canceled for offside after viewing the VAR, the private channel, which thought the match was over, broadcast advertisements.
“After the Tunisians came back into play and the referee whistled the end of the match, TF1, as for all matches, went back on air to make way for the Mag. During this time, video arbitration was requested and the tricolor goal was refused. This sequence opened the Mag”, apologized the channel, on social networks and by press release, to its viewers “who could not live this moment live”.
Led from the 68th minute on a goal by Wahbi Khazri, the French thought they equalized on a final cross from Aurélien Tchouaméni on the left side of the French attack, victoriously taken over by Antoine Griezmann after a discount from Montassar Talbi in the 93rd minute.
Anyway, he believed it. While the players and the referee had all been replaced, the referee, the New Zealander Matthew Conger, had whistled the end of the match, the video assistance to the refereeing upset the end of the match and after viewing , led the referee to signal an offside player from Atlético Madrid, at the time of the center of Tchouaméni.
“We were convinced that it was over”
“We were convinced that it was over, everyone was going back to the locker room, and then it turned, this end of the match, into this”, explained journalist Grégoire Margotton again when the air resumed.
“It took a long, long time and Mr (Matthew) Conger, the New Zealand referee, went to consult the VAR, he was told after a very long time that there was an offside. ‘Antoine Griezmann and this goal was therefore disallowed,’ the journalist continued.
“Yes, Tunisia won after making a remarkable match,” continued TF1 football consultant, former world champion Bixente Lizarazu. She defended very well. In the end, she wins and we are going to the round of 16. »