The joy at FC Twente was great on Friday evening after the 3-1 victory over FC Groningen, but afterwards it was mainly about the rejected goal by Václav Cerný. Referee Sander van der Eijk states that he and the VAR acted according to the rules on Friday evening, despite the curious situation.
Cerný: ‘I’m not going to complain, but this is special’
Cerný seemed to give FC Twente the lead at the start of the first half, but his goal was disallowed after a flag signal from the assistant referee, who found it offside. However, the images showed that the Czech attacker was on par with his direct opponent.
The video referee, who has had accurate 2D and 3D lines to determine offside since this season, watched the situation for minutes. VAR Allard Lindhout ultimately decided not to intervene, causing a final line through the goal of 22-year-old Cerný.
“The VAR in Zeist checks whether the decision taken is right or clearly wrong. If both offside lines touch, then it is too close to call. In that case, the decision on the field is leading “, ‘court referee’ Van der Eijk stated against the course of events in the Grolsch Veste. FOX Sports.
This also means that Cerný’s goal would have been valid if the assistant referee had not flagged. “I understand emotionally that it is disadvantageous for the attacking party, but the agreement is as it is: the decision in the field is leading,” said Van der Eijk.
The rejected goal did not hurt FC Twente in the end, as Cerný scored in the 23rd minute and the Tukkers eventually won 3-1. “I scored, assisted and we won. That’s why I’m not going to complain now, but this is strange”, Cerný said afterwards about his rejected goal.
Due to the victory over FC Groningen, FC Twente can for the time being call itself the leader in the Eredivisie. The team of trainer Ron Jans, who started the season with a win over Fortuna Sittard and a draw against Feyenoord, is now on seven points.
View the results, the stand and the program in the Eredivisie