Twenty years after the injustice in Brazil, Marc Wilmots has not forgotten Peter Prendergast: “If he talks to me, I tell him to move on”

Twenty years after the injustice in Brazil, Marc Wilmots has not forgotten Peter Prendergast: “If he talks to me, I tell him to move on”


Twenty years ago, on June 17, 2002, Marc Wilmots scored against Brazil at the World Cup, before a Jamaican referee decided otherwise. Pride and anger are still there.

From Morocco, where his daughter Athena-Lena is finishing the school year started with his tenure at Raja Casablanca, Marc Wilmots (53) picks up his phone. He agrees to bring up the anniversary of one of the biggest disappointments of his playing career. The memory is still very clear in his head. But he adds a condition: he does not want to pour out on other subjects which affect him, in particular his dismissal in February or the Devils.

Already 20 years since Peter Prendergast canceled your 1-0 goal after a duel with Roque Junior, on June 17, 2002. It was at the end of the first period. Then the Brazilians scored twice in the last 25 minutes.

“I don’t need a birthday to realize that we are getting old. (…)

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