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AFCON 2013: CAF bans Tunisian referee over Ghana-Burkina Faso game

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CAFConfederation of African Football (CAF) has banned Tunisian referee, Slim Jedidi, following his controversial performance in Wednesday’s Africa Cup of Nations semi-final between Ghana and Burkina Faso in Nelspruit.

General Secretary of the continental body, Hicham El Amrani told a media briefing on Thursday that “CAF was not happy with the standard of refereeing in the match. We know they can make mistakes but we expected a better level of refereeing.

“They are graded on each performance and based on his marks; the referee from Tunisia (Jedidi) is now suspended for a period of time still to be determined.”

Jedidi’s performance in the game Burkina Faso won to book a place in the final has come under the microscope after dishing out several contentious decisions which included a red card to Burkina Faso forward, Jonathan Pitroipa that takes him out of the last two clash against Nigeria.

The referee gave Pitroipa his second yellow card for simulation, in extra time after going down in the penalty area despite contact from Ghana’s central defender, John Boye.

Information gathered by GNA Sports indicates that the CAF Organising Committee will decide on Friday, whether the player can take part in the final billed for Johannesburg on Sunday, February 10 though El-Amrani explained “the Organising Committee does not have the power to change a referee’s decision.”

Pitroipa’s ban could only be overturned if Jedidi acknowledges he made a mistake in his referee’s report. “If the referee has admitted a mistake in his report, the committee will consider it and make any decision if necessary. But that report is final.”

Burkina Faso eventually won 3-2 on penalties to book their first ever place in the finals.

Source: GNA

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  1. This Edition of AFCON as seen too much of bad officiating we need to train and re-train reffs.

  2. I commend CAF on this very issue.It was obvious the ref wanted a win for Ghana. Gahnian team booked a place in the quater final via penalty awarded to them,the same story againt Cape verde with a late 2nd goal,now another penalty could have denied B/faso a place in the final. Ref are to be well certified competent before engaging them.


  4. i very much commend CAF.that is what he deserves. he intetionally
    made wrong decisions.

  5. Ten man B faso was too strong for fortien man Gana side

  6. abimbola kumapayi

    To me, the man refree needs to be stopped completely from refreeing in any tornamanet and I guess he must have been bribed by the Ghana officials and I suggest he is investigated.
    However, the unfortunate absolute rules need to be scrapped so that players can challege any harsh decisions like that of Jedid.
    Thank you.

  7. What a poor referiing. And what a poor CAF rules” referes decision is final unless he admits …..” It should have been decided by a committe. I’ll be surrised a referee of that quality admits his mistake.

  8. whats wrong with North African referees?