World Cup final referee Szymon Marciniak said that he made an error during the match between Argentina and France.
Szymon Marciniak became the first referee from Poland to officiate a World Cup final when Argentina and France battled each other last Sunday.
It was a dream come true for the Pole who was forced to step away from his duties a year ago due to a heart illness (after he was diagnosed with Tachycardia).
However, Marciniak was slammed by the French media for allowing Lionel Messi’s extra-time goal to stand after footage emerged showing three Argentina substitutes breaking FIFA rules by entering the pitch before the ball crossed the line.
But the 41-year-old, who officiated his first World Cup match in 2018 in Russia, hit back at his critics by presenting a screenshot of seven France players standing on the pitch when Kylian Mbappe scored his equalizing penalty in extra time.
Interestingly, Marciniak did admit that his performance wasn’t completely error-free.
“Of course, there were mistakes in this final. I interrupted the French counter-attack after a bad tackle by Marcos Acuna,” he told Sport.
“I was afraid that the fouled player wanted to unwind, and I read it wrong because nothing happened, and you could give an advantage and then come back with a card. It’s hard. In a game like this, I take such a mistake in the dark. The important thing is that there were no big mistakes,” he added.