Nyon — For the first time in its history, UEFA has ordered a soccer match to be restarted because of a referee's error.
says the final seconds of an Under-19 European Championship qualifier
between England and Norway will be replayed Thursday, starting with a
stoppage-time penalty and a new referee.
The governing body of European soccer says its disciplinary committee has never before issued such a ruling.
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Norway leading 2-1 on Saturday in Belfast, England scored from the
penalty spot in the sixth minute of injury time but it was disallowed
when an England player encroached. However, German referee Marija Kurtes
then wrongly awarded a free kick to Norway instead of retaking the
The English Football Association protested.
UEFA says play will resume at 2045 GMT in Belfast, after Norway and England play other group matches earlier Thursday