Argentina-France referee comes out of silence!

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Since last Sunday and France’s defeat in the final of the World Cup against Argentina (3-3, 4-2 on pens), Emiliano Martinez has become the French’s enemy number one. But the referee of the meeting, the Pole Szymon Marciniak, has also been entitled to his share of criticism. Between the generous penalty awarded to Angel Di Maria and an arbitration deemed favorable to the Albicelestes, Marciniak was not spared. In its columns from Monday 19 December, The team also did not go out of the way to give it a 2/10 with the following comment.

“Polish Szymon Marciniak, an experienced referee in the Champions League, was not up to the circumstances, at least in his mission. The penalty for Angel Di Maria was very limited, not too far from the one he denied Marcus Thuram, but the Polish VAR referee did not want to judge his countryman in front of the whole world, and so are his other decisions. that sparked anger and misunderstandings: how could Cristian Romero, author of several brutal mistakes, end the match without warning? »

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Marciniak answers L’Équipe

A fierce accusation, not to mention the accusations about the third Argentine goal, which should have been disallowed because Albiceleste substitutes were on the pitch at the same time. Reproaches to which Marciniak responded by returning to the country. In a press conference, the Polish referee quickly evacuated the third goal controversy by showing a picture on his mobile phone. “The French did not mention this picture where you can see how there are seven Frenchmen on the field when Mbappé scores a goal. » Nothing to say, especially since on Randal Kolo Muani’s missed opportunity at the end of the match, several tricolor substitutes are still in the field of play.

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“First of all, this situation (for it to be punishable) should affect the game. And what was the impact of the guys who got up and jumped on the field? It’s looking for that little beast, we know that a drowning man catches a razor. There are serious newspapers and those looking for buzz. Friends, great referees in France, have written to me. The reception was great. Many professionals and footballers have sent us congratulations. Kylian Mbappé said we were good referees . We have reached the glass ceiling, but there are still things to do.” It is said !

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