Last Friday the news came out that last year’s match between Anderlecht and KRC Genk will be replayed. Walter Damen, lawyer for Anderlecht, was immediately clear that steps would follow. These have now been taken.
The Disciplinary Council decided last Friday that the Anderlecht-Genk match will be played again. It was judged that the competition management incorrectly applied the regulations in the penalty phase in question.
“This is a baffling decision,” Anderlecht’s lawyer, Walter Damen, responded at the time. And that Anderlecht would certainly appeal. There was only doubt about whether this would be at the BAS or the Evocation Committee.
In the meantime, the decisions have been made and Anderlecht is indeed appealing to the BAS and the Evocation Committee against the decision. And so there is still no definitive decision in the case between Anderlecht and Genk, which may gradually hold the competition hostage.
Obliged to contest the decision
“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,” Anderlecht said on its website.
“It remains our firm belief that an arbitration error 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 undermine the integrity of our would seriously jeopardize competitions. So RSCA owes it to itself and to Belgian football to challenge this decision.”