CAF suspend AFCON semi ref
Johannesburg - Tunisian referee Slim Jdidi has been
suspended for his controversial handling of the Africa Cup of Nations
semi-final between Ghana and Burkina Faso, the organisers said Thursday.
would have expected a better standard," Confederation of African
Football (CAF) secretary-general Hicham El Amrani told a media
conference just hours after Burkina Faso lodged an official appeal
against key player Jonathan Pitroipa's red card in the semi-final win
over Ghana on Wednesday.
"There is a meeting tomorrow (Friday) to discuss the Pitroipa incident," El Amrani told reporters.
The official said Pitroipa's chances of playing in the final depend on the match report sent in by Jdidi.
organising committee does not have the power to change the referee's
decision unless the referee admits he made a mistake in his official
report," said El Amrani.
As it stands, Pitroipa will miss Sunday's
Cup of Nations final against Nigeria in Soweto after picking up two
yellow cards in the stunning penalty shoot-out success over the Black
Pitroipa, who has scored twice in the tournament, was sent
off three minutes from the end of extra time on Wednesday for diving
when, in fact, he had clearly been knocked to the ground after tangling
with an opponent.
Team manager Gualbert Kabore, speaking at the
team hotel in north-eastern city Nelspruit, said: "The Burkina Faso
Football Federation wrote an official letter of appeal to CAF
"We lodged it in the two hours after the match as stipulated by the regulations.
"We think we have a good chance of winning the appeal."
a distant relation to another key Burkinabe player, midfielder and
vice-captain Charles Kabore, echoed coach Paul Put's dim view of Jdidi's
decision-making during the match.
Chief among the Tunisian's
perceived errors in the Burkina Faso camp were the rejection of a
legitimate penalty claim, a disallowed goal that appeared to be valid,
and Pitroipa's sending off.
"There were some scandalous decisions,
we don't know why, we're asking lots of questions, there are lots of
theories," said Kabore.
"Curiously, the players reacted better
than us (the team management). They said if the referee is against us
that must mean we are the stronger side."
Burkina Faso are hoping to hear later Thursday whether their appeal has been successful.
The Stallions are already having to do without the services of top scorer Alain Traore.
was leading the scoring charts in South Africa with three goals only
for his Nations Cup to end prematurely when he sustained an injury
against Zambia in the final first-round game.