AFCON 2013: CAF Suspends Referee Over Burkina Faso Ghana Match
Tunisian referee; Slim Jdidi has been banned by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) after his controversial performance in Wednesdayâ€™s semi-final between Burkina Faso and Ghana.
Among the contentious issues during Wednesdayâ€™s matchÂ was the red card given to Burkina Faso forward Jonathan Pitroipa that could mean he will miss Sundayâ€™s final against Nigeria.
Jdidi also awarded a soft spot kick to Ghana in a display which threatened to overshadow an exciting encounter.
CAF has however admitted the appeal of the Burkinabe football federation for suspended striker Jonathan Pitroipa.
Pitroipa was sent off after receiving a second yellow card by Tunisia referee slim Jdidi for simulation, even though Ghanaâ€™s John Boye appeared to make contact with him.
CAF Secretary-General said the organising committee will study the match report sent in by the Tunisian official before taking any decision.
Already missing the injured Alain Traore for the first nationâ€™s cup final in the stallions’ history, the absence of Pitroipa would be another major blow for the Burkinabes.
Pitroipa had appealed the decision saying the refereeâ€™s decision to send him off in the semi-final match at the nationâ€™s cup was hard to take.
Burkina Faso leapt into the final of the tournament on yesterday following their nerve-racking win over Ghana at the Mbombela stadium in Nelspruit.