A match featuring a glaring video assistant referee error is to be replayed in full following an appeal by the affected club.
A disciplinary body has ruled Genk’s 2-1 defeat at Anderlecht in the Belgian Pro League last month should not stand after deeming there had been a misapplication of the laws of the game.
The incident occurred in the 23rd minute of the Dec. 23 match when home goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, the former Leicester City player, saved a penalty from Bryan Heynan and Yira Sor followed up to score.
Replays showed Sor had been inside the area as Heynan struck the ball, causing the VAR to recommend to referee Nathan Verboomen that the goal should be ruled out and a free-kick awarded to Anderlecht.
However, the replay showed two home players had also encroached, which, according to the laws of the game, should have resulted in Genk’s penalty being retaken.
Anderlecht went on to score a 91st-minute winner courtesy of Anders Dreyer.
Belgium’s refereeing body ruled the incident had been a VAR error rather than a misapplication of the laws of the game and refused to order a replay.
Genk lodged an appeal with the Disciplinary Council for Professional Football, which overturned the decision on Friday.
“The Disciplinary Council for Professional Football has ruled that the Anderlecht-KRC Genk match at the end of last year should be replayed,” Genk said in a statement.
“The disciplinary council initially declared itself competent to rule on the matter. This overturned the earlier decision of the Professional Referee Department not to replay the match.
“The council then followed KRC Genk’s argument that the match officials misapplied the rules at the penalty phase in question. KRC Genk hopes that a date will be found soon to replay the match.”
Last year, the Premier League refused to order a replay of Liverpool’s last-gasp 2-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur despite the video assistant referee wrongly failing to overturn an on-field decision to rule out a Luis Diaz goal for offside.