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Evocation committee agrees with KRC Genk in ‘penalty gate’, BAS will hear the case next week

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The Evocation Committee of the Belgian Football Association agrees with KRC Genk in the case surrounding the replay of the match against Anderlecht. However, the last word has not yet been said. The case will be heard by the Belgian Court of Arbitration for Sport (BAS) on March 1.

‘Penaltygate’ continues to stir people’s minds. To put everything into context, we return to the now infamous penalty phase on December 23, 2023. Then, after incorrect advice from VAR Jan Boterberg, ref Nathan Verboomen decided that a penalty missed by Genk captain Bryan Heynen should not be retaken. KRC Genk felt it was an error against the regulations, which filed a complaint with the Professional Referee Department after the 2-1 defeat. That dismissed the complaint, after which KRC Genk went to the Disciplinary Council for Professional Football. He declared himself authorized, against the wishes of the Referee Department and Anderlecht, and decided that the match must indeed be replayed.

The Evocation Committee of the Belgian Football Association, to which Anderlecht lodged an appeal, confirmed the authority of the Disciplinary Council on Thursday. In addition, the substantive analysis of ‘the Council’ is also followed. Also according to the Evocation Committee, the regulations were applied incorrectly during that phase.

The replay of the match between Purple & White and Blue & White is now one step closer. Yet the last word in this saga has not yet been said. Next Friday, on March 1 at 2:30 PM, the case will be heard by the Belgian Court of Arbitration for Sport (BAS) in the BOIC building at Heysel in Brussels. The hearing before the BAS is not public and the decision will in principle be made no later than March 5. The match could possibly be replayed on Wednesday, March 13.

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