Qatar 2022: World Cup final referee breaks silence over Messi’s goal he didn’t cancel

Referee Szymon Marciniak has hit back at accusations from the French public, who accused him of being bias during the 2022 FIFA World Cup final on December 18, Newspremises reports.

They claimed Marciniak should have disallowed Argentina’s third goal during the encounter.

Argentina needed penalties to depose France after the game finished 3-3 after 120 minutes.

Lionel Messi scored twice while Angel Di Maria also found the net for the Albiceleste.

Kylian Mbappe hit a remarkable hat-trick for Les Bleus in what was a thrilling affair.

However, Marciniak’s performance has come under scrutiny especially from French fans, with over 200,000 signing a petition to get the match replayed due to perceived “mistakes”.

The most notable complaint was about Messi’s second goal which made it 3-2.

They claim it should have been chalked off, with match footage showing two substitutes on the field of play as the Argentina captain hooked the ball over the line.

But Marciniak, speaking at a press event in Poland, pulled out his phone from his pocket, he declared: “The French didn’t mention this photo, where you can see how there are seven Frenchmen on the pitch when Mbappe scores a goal.”

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