CAF dismisses Tunisia’s protest against referee’s blunder

The organising committee of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) has dismissed the Tunisian football federation’s protest against the officiating of their team’s match against Mali.

The committee met late Thursday to deliberate on the Group F match played on Wednesday, which had ended 1-0 in favour of the Malians.

“After examining the protest of Tunisia and all the match officials’ reports, the committee decided to dismiss the protest lodged by the Tunisian team. It also decided that the match result will stand as 1-0 in favour of Mali,” CAF said in a short statement late Thursday.

Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe had stirred controversy with some inexplicable decisions during the match.

The referee had twice ended the match before the stipulated time, leading to comical scenes after the game.


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