In the last match of the 8th season of Ligue 1, PSG lost to Rennes and won 3-1 against the Breton club.
After 36 minutes, Achraf Halimi scored a goal for Paris Saint-Germain (2-0). However, at the start of the action, he touched the ball with the bras. Despite the VAR analysis, this goal was not canceled. According said he was a referee in Ligue 1 and a consultant for the team, and was agitated by a mistake.
In an interview with L’Équipe, Said Ennjimi explained the rules: « According to the regulations, we have the impression that he does not intentionally touch the ball with his hand, because he tries to play it with his head and fails, so it is not intentional. The plus is the main part of the body surface and the natural movement part of the body. I think the referees simply complied with the rules and therefore did not whistle.”
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“It’s easier not to whistle”
However, according to Saïd Ennjimi, referee Benoît Bastien should have distanced himself from the regulations and adopted a freer interpretation of the rules: “The kind of hands is regularly whistled in the penalty areas. Here is the start of the action, but it’s also easy to do. There are regulatory explanations, but in the interpretation, it should have been whistled. He should have sanctioned this main car it must be consistent everywhere. Once again, if Achraf Hakimi was in the penalty area and he made a decisive pass after this main one, it would have been whistled.
Saïd Ennjimi, former Ligue 1 referee, thinks that Hakimi’s hand on his goal should have been whistled: “There are regulatory explanations, but in the interpretation, it should have been whistled. The should have sanctioned this hand because it must be consistent everywhere.… pic.twitter.com/eAsMeolUJw
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Benoît Bastien and the VAR have a different interpretation of Saïd Ennjimi’s cell, which is why Achraf Hakimi’s goal for PSG was validated. The Rennes players must be particularly unhappy with this decision by the referee after their defeat.