As expected, Anderlecht will appeal against the decision of the Disciplinary Council of Professional Football to replay the match against Genk. The club goes to both the Evocation Committee and the BAS. The Purple & White just announced this.
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Racing Genk was vindicated last week by the Disciplinary Council of professional football for the complaint about the match against Anderlecht, just before the winter break – the match must be replayed after the much-discussed ‘penalty gate’.
Anderlecht spoke of a “baffling decision” and immediately indicated that they did not agree with the decision and announced that it would appeal. The Purple & White is now putting its money where its mouth is. The club even initiates two procedures. One at the Evocation Committee and one at the Belgian Court of Arbitration for Sport (BAS). “To obtain clarity and a final decision as quickly as possible in the interests of Belgian football,” it said. “Only in this way can the smooth further course of the competition and a clear start to the play-offs be guaranteed.”
“If we were to exhaust all our legal resources, we could certainly drag the case out until May. But then we plunge the course of the Jupiler Pro League further into chaos. The Belgian league has already lost enough prestige because of this case. It remains our firm belief that an error by the referee should never lead to a replay of a match. Should this decision by the Disciplinary Council for Professional Football stand, it will open the door to a series of complaints that would seriously compromise the integrity of our competitions. So RSCA owes it to itself and to Belgian football to challenge this decision.”
Just the facts: Sor had made it 0-1 on the rebound after a missed penalty from Bryan Heynen, but the goal was disallowed and ultimately converted into a free kick for Anderlecht. In its motivation, the Professional Referee Department concluded that it was a human error of judgment and therefore not a violation of the rules of the game. In short: the VAR had only paid attention to Sor and not to Yari Verschaeren and Mario Stroeykens. The Anderlecht players who arrived too early were not seen in the images. Anderlecht eventually won the match 2-1.
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RSCA is “astonished” that the match against Genk has to be replayed, Coucke also speaks out: “When will Standard-Anderlecht be replayed?”
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