The referee from Tunisia, who handled the match between Ghana and Burkina Faso has been declared unwanted by CAF. He was described as a disappointment to the game of football.
At the time the match was being played, we told you that Burkina Faso was playing against, not 11, but 12 men of Ghana including the referee, judging from the way and manner the referee was handling the match in our on-the-spot analysis.
It is official that the Tunisian referee who presided over Burkina Faso has been sacked. He was earlier on suspended for mishandling of the match in which he was openly favouring Ghana.
First, he denied the Burkinabes a good goal, second, he gave Ghana a penalty that never was, and third, he sent off a Malian player, Pitroipa in order to cripple the Burkinabes.
The match should never have reached the penalties or even extra time. Burkina Faso won the match by any imagination and should have ended in the stipulated 90 minutes.
He has now become the second referee to be blown off for favouritism after the Nigeria’s second match in the qualifying group in which Nigeria was denied many scoring opportunities.
As FIFA is now battling corruption in football, with referees being very much involved worldwide, this kind of incidences will surely be brought into limelight and dealt with.
There has to be a panel to assist referees decisions in controversial situations such as goals, penalties, cards and so on.