AFCON 2015: CAF bans referee and fines Tunisia FA

Soccer News of Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Source: BBC

Tunisia Fight Ref

The referee for Tunisia’s Africa Cup of Nations last-eight defeat has been banned for six months by the Confederation of African Football.

Equatorial Guinea were awarded a controversial penalty in stoppage time and they went on to beat Tunisia 2-1.

Tunisia staff confronted the official, Rajindraparsad Seechurn, after the match and their football federation has been fined $50,000 (£33,000).

Caf also wants an apology from Tunisia for accusations of bias.

Tunisia have also been ordered to pay for damages to a door and a refrigerator in the team’s dressing room at Bata Stadium.

Mauritian referee Seechurn awarded the penalty in stoppage time after Ali Maaloul was harshly ruled to have fouled Ivan Bolado when Tunisia were leading 1-0 and, after equalising from the spot through Javier Balboa, hosts Equatorial Guinea went on to win 2-1 in extra-time.

Seechurn has also been removed from Caf’s list of elite referees.

“The referees committee noted with regret the poor performance of the referee during the match, including an unacceptable failure to maintain calm and ensure proper control of the players during the match,” said a Caf statement.

According to Caf, it was sent two letters by the Tunisian FA following the match, with the second asking for an investigation and suggesting that Caf and its officials “were questionable and biased against Tunisia in general”.

Unless Tunisia’s football federation can provide “irrefutable evidence to substantiate the accusations” they need to send a letter of apology by midnight on 5 February or face expulsion from the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

Tunisia football chief Wadie Jary resigned from Caf in protest after the match and he was also “condemned” for his behaviour after going on to the pitch to confront Seechurn, as well as criticising the referee and African football’s governing body.

Equatorial Guinea were fined $5,000 (£3,300) for poor security at the stadium.