First he mocked the goalkeeper with a touch of his hand, then he admitted the irregularity by canceling the goal. It is the gesture of fair play that has seen the protagonist Ibrahima Wadjistriker of the QarabagThursday night in the return match of the play-offs of Conference League against the Marseillein Baku.
At 37 ‘, with the French team ahead 1-0 by virtue of Pape Gueye’s goal at 12’, the host Azerbaijani team found the draw with the 26-year-old Senegalese player, quick to anticipate Mandanda out of a cross from the left but with a convict volley shot, quite evident to those who were at the stadium, but not recognized by the Polish referee Bartosz Frankowski which validates the network. A very similar situation, as a dynamic, to the famous one Mano de Dios with which Maradona made England cry in the quarter-finals of the Mexico ’86 World Cup. Or like the famous “hand of Vata” who eliminated Olympique Marseille in the 1990 European Cup semi-finals.
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A decision that triggered the French team’s vibrant protests against the referee for a truly sensational oversight (there is no Var in the Conference League) prompting him to ask for clarification from the person concerned. Who, after several minutes of discussions and therefore interruption of the game, also pushed by his coach Gurban Gurbanov and accompanied by his captain Medvedev, went to the referee recognizing the misconduct committed. At that point Frankowski changed his mind and disallowed the Qarabag goal and resumed play after a stoppage of about 12 minutes. The match ended 3-1 for Marseille, who thus legitimized qualification for the round of 16 after a 3-0 win at the Velodrome in the first leg.
Gurbanov: “No hesitation, in life you have to be honest”
“It’s a decision that I made easily. In life you have to be honest – explained the Qarabag coach, Gurban Gurbanov – I called the player, I asked him if he had scored with his hand and he said yes. I didn’t hesitate and said we wouldn’t accept this goal. I will do it again if it happens again and I hope the fans are not disappointed. But I think I made the right decision. “
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Sampaoli: “Great gesture of my colleague”
“The opposing coach showed his level of humanity and fair play – he underlined at the end of the match Jorge Sampaoli, coach of the French club – He was honest, it is the gesture of a person of great value. It is a very rare case and if it had happened to me I don’t think I would have accepted the referee’s change of decision. It’s a lesson. “
Mattéo Guendouzi, Marseille midfielder among the most nervous after the goal with his hand, greeted the “great gesture” of the Qarabag coach and his players. “Everyone saw that there was a touch of the hand, all the players, from both teams. The referee said he hadn’t seen it – he added, reconstructing what happened on the pitch – and we tried to talk to the players and with the bench, to tell them ‘make a fair-play gesture. With the Var it would have been canceled directly.