While Lille thought they had opened the scoring against Wolfsburg, this Tuesday evening in the Champions League (0-0), the VAR intervened to clarify that the ball was out at the start of the action concluded by Jonathan David. A decision that did not please Éric Di Meco, who expressed his disagreement at the end of the meeting.
It is a decision that could change the destiny of LOSC this season in the Champions League. If the goal of Jonathan David, scored in the 48th minute of the match between Lille and Wolfsburg this Tuesday evening at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium, had finally been awarded by the referee, the northern club would currently occupy first place in Group G. ‘is ultimately nothing, with this draw conceded at home (0-0).
Because the VAR intervened to clarify that the ball recovered by Angel Gomes at the start of the action was out. A decision fraught with meaning, especially as on all the images filmed by the realization, none allows to affirm with certainty that the balloon is entirely out of the field. A vagueness that particularly displeased Éric Di Meco, who commented on the meeting on RMC Sport.
“We cannot take this goal away from Lille”
“The images we have do not allow us to see if the ball has crossed the line. Not with the perspective, anyway. It is not because the part of the ball which touches the ground is outside the field. , that the ball is out, ”says Di Meco. The latter thus campaigned to have a view from above of the ball, in the manner of goal-line technology, to affirm with certainty that the “aerial” part of the ball had also left the field.
“What bothers me is that no image can tell if the ball is really out or not. How can we make this decision? It does not go in the direction of the game”, analyzes Di Meco , before insisting: “We cannot take away the goal from Lille if we do not have the image which proves that the ball is out”.
The linesman had not raised his flag
For their part, Lille quickly extinguished the fire at a press conference. “VAR is part of football, we have to live with it. We are disappointed with this lack of success, but next time, we hope that it will be for us”, explained Amadou Onana, entered during the game and precisely deprived of ‘a penalty at the end of the match.
For his part, Jocelyn Gourvennec struggled to see precisely the action of Jonathan David: “It happens right in front of me but there is a forest of legs. I do not see if the ball is out. action goes to the end and I tell myself that the VAR controls very well. If they refused the goal, it is that they have the images. It is played with a few centimeters, it is frustrating “.
A frustration shared by Di Meco, therefore. Who drives home the point, emphasizing the role of the linesman, who had not raised his flag at the start of the action: “There is a linesman who is two meters from the action and who is right over the ball. Can’t we trust him? “