Thursday, 9 April 2015

UEFA orders game to be restarted after ref error 09 April 2015, 14:06

Nyon — For the first time in its history, UEFA has ordered a soccer match to be restarted because of a referee's error.
UEFA 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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With 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 penalty.
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

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