England u-19 team photo 2014

England Women U-19 to replay end of qualifier after refereeing error

England will restart a key Under-19 women’s match in the 96th minute with a retaken penalty after a refereeing error.

Mo Marley’s side, trailing 2-1, will replay the last seconds of the European Women’s Under-19 Championship qualifier against Norway in Belfast on Thursday.

German referee Marija Kurtes disallowed Leah Williamson’s spot-kick for encroachment during Saturday’s match.

But she wrongly gave Norway a free-kick instead of ordering a penalty retake.

Uefa’s decision to order the final seconds to be replayed was made on Wednesday following a Football Association protest. It is the first time such a decision has been taken in a Uefa competition.

The restart will take place at the Seaview Stadium in Belfast at 21:45 BST with a different referee, as Kurtes has been sent home following her error.

Both teams must restart the game with the same players who were on the field at the moment the penalty was taken in the original match, although England can change the kick taker.

Source courtesy of: BBC.CO.UK



  1. Ken Suzuki 7 years ago


    The first penalty.


    and the second, corrected, scene.


    This is my very personal opinion, but, after seeing what happened on August 17, 2014, in the Urawa vs. Kobe match, I tend to support the idea that everything has limit. A referee should not get away with too crazy judgement.

    • Gina West 7 years ago

      I agree with you Ken.

      I think on this occasion, where the ref made up a completely new rule (giving a free-kick rather than a penalty retake), something had to be done.

  2. Gianluca Lia 7 years ago

    Can this be done?

    • Gina West 7 years ago

      I think it is the first time that part of a game has been replayed due to a refereeing error! Now this decision has been made, there could be lots more appeals in the future if an outcome of a match has been influenced by the official.

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