Referee Error Forces Replay of Final Seconds of England Game

A refereeing error led UEFA to order the replay of the final seconds of a women’s under-19 soccer match between England and Norway for the first time in its history.

England’s penalty in the 96th minute to tie the game at 2-2 was disallowed by German referee Marija Kurtes because of encroachment. Instead of ordering England’s Leah Williamson to retake the penalty, Kurtes gave Norway a free kick in the April 4 qualifying match for the European women’s under-19 championship. The Football Association appealed Norway’s 2-1 win to European soccer’s governing body.

“As the ball entered the goal, the kick should have been re-taken,” UEFA said in an e-mail, citing its Laws of the Game. “The match will be replayed from the minute the penalty kick was awarded to the Football Association and extended according to the discretion of the referee.”

Kurtes, who has been refereeing matches in the German women’s league since 2006, was named referee of the year in 2014 by the German soccer federation. She was sent home following the incident, the British Broadcasting Corp. reported on its website.

The match will be replayed today at 9:45 p.m. in Belfast, UEFA said. England will play Switzerland at 4 p.m.

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