It’s a move that could change the fate of LOSC this season in the Champions League. If the goal of Jonathan David, scored in the 48th minute of the match between Lille and Wolfsburg on Tuesday evening at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium, had finally been granted by the referee, the northern club would currently occupy the first place group G. It is ultimately nothing, with this draw conceded at home (0-0).
Because the VAR intervened to specify that the ball recovered by Angel Gomes at the start of the action was out. A decision fraught with meaning, especially since on all the images filmed by the realization, none allows to affirm with certainty that the balloon is entirely out of the field. A vagueness that particularly disappointed Eric Di Meco, who commented on the meeting on RMC Sport.
“The images we have do not allow us to see if the ball has crossed the line. Not with the prospect, anyway. It is not because the part of the ball which touches the ground is in- off the pitch the ball went out, ”says Di Meco. The latter thus campaigned to have a view from above of the ball, in the manner of goal-line technology, to affirm with certainty that the “aerial” part of the ball was also out of the field. .
“What bothers me is that there is no image to tell if the ball actually went out or not. How can we make that decision here is wrong? of the game “, analyzes Di Meco, before insisting:” We cannot take away the goal from Lille if we do not have the image which proves that the ball is out “.
For their part, Lille quickly extinguished the fire at a press conference. “VAR is part of football, we have to live with it. We are disappointed with this lack of success, but next time, we hope that it will be for us”, explained Amadou. Onana, entered during the game and precisely deprived of a penalty at the end of the match.
For his part, Jocelyn Gourvennec had difficulty seeing with precision the action of Jonathan David: “It is happening right in front of me but there is a forest of legs. I do not see well. if the ball is out The action goes to the end and I tell myself that the VAR controls very well. If they refused the goal, it is because they have the images. is played from a few centimeters away, it’s frustrating “.
A frustration shared by Di Meco, therefore. Who drives the point home, emphasizing the role of the linesman, who had not raised his flag at the start of the action: “There is a linesman who is two meters away lots of action and who’s right on top of the ball. Can’t we trust him? “