Simon Marciniak (Poland), who was the referee in the 2022 Qatar World Cup final, attended an event hosted by a far-right politician and was embroiled in controversy, but managed to keep his qualification as a referee for the UEFA Champions League final.
According to the BBC on the 2nd , UEFA confirmed its official apology for attending the event and decided to maintain its decision to assign Marciniak as a referee for the UCL final in the 2022-2023 season. Marciniak attended a conference in Katowice, southern Poland, on the 29th of last month and was a speaker. 온라인카지노
The event was hosted by Slavomir Menchen, a politician classified as a far-right in Poland, and criticism arose, with anti-racism groups asking Marciniak to explain how he attended the conference.
“The investigation has made it clear that I had no idea of the nature of the event,” Marciniak said in a statement. “If I had, I would have refused the invitation. “It is important that the value promoted by the organizers does not match my beliefs,” he apologized.
Marciniak was assigned as a referee for the UCL final between Manchester City (England) and Inter Milan (Italy) at 4 a.m. on the 11th in Korean time.
Marciniak served as the referee in the Qatar World Cup final last year and made his name known worldwide by directly dismissing the “misjudgment controversy” that erupted shortly after the match.
At that time, Argentina won the match between Argentina and France at Lusail Stadium in Qatar 4-2 after a neck-and-neck race leading to a penalty shoot-out.
In the 90th minute of the first and second half, they tied 2-2, and they exchanged one goal each in extra time and failed to win.
In France after the match, it was claimed that the goal scored by Argentine soccer hero Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain) was invalid.
In particular, the French newspaper Requiem took the lead in raising suspicions of a “misjudgment,” pointing out that Argentina’s bench members entered the stadium just before Messi scored.
In response, Marciniak returned to his native Poland after the World Cup and refuted in an interview with local broadcasters, saying, “Seven bench members came to the ground even when France scored a goal.”
Marciniak calmed the controversy by saying, “Finding such a scene is not everything (of the judgment),” adding that the presence of additional people alone cannot reverse the decision.