Belgian Pro League: Anderlecht v Genk replayed after VAR penalty error

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Anderlecht goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel
Anderlecht goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel saved Bryan Heynen’s penalty before the rebound was scored, which led to VAR’s intervention

A Belgian Pro League match between Anderlecht and Genk will be replayed in full because of an error made by the video assistant referee.

The incident occurred in Genk’s 2-1 defeat by Anderlecht at Lotto Park on 22 December when Yira Sor scored a rebound from a missed penalty.

VAR disallowed the goal because Genk’s Sor encroached in the area but ignored encroachment by two Anderlecht players.

A Genk appeal based on the rules being “misapplied” by VAR was upheld.

Law 14.3external-link of the International Football Association Board states that if there is encroachment by both a defending and attacking player, the penalty kick should be retaken regardless of whether the kick is scored or not.

Genk said in a statement that the Disciplinary Council for Professional Football declared itself “competent to rule on the matter” which “overturned the earlier decision of the Professional Referee Department not to replay the match”.

The statement added that the “council then followed Genk’s argument that the match officials misapplied the rules at the penalty phase in question”.

A date for the match to be replayed has not yet been agreed. Genk are fifth in Belgium’s top flight, while record 34-times champions Anderlecht sit second.

In October, the Premier League refused to consider a replay after Liverpool’s controversial defeat by Tottenham.

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On that occasion VAR wrongly failed to overturn an on-field decision to rule out a Luis Diaz goal for offside because of “significant human error”.

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