Algeria has asked FIFA to repeat the match against Cameroon


The Algerian Football Federation (FAF) has requested to replay the second leg of Africa’s final playoff match for the Qatar 2022 World Cup against Cameroon amid complaints about refereeing decisions.

Algeria were eliminated in the number of goals recorded away from home after a 1-2 extra-time defeat to Blida on Tuesday, in which Cameroon striker Karl Toko Ekambi was the winner in the 124th minute. In the first leg, the African champion won 0-1 over Cameroon. The ‘Indomitable Lions’ qualified for the World Cup due to scoring 2 goals away and Algeria, just one.

A FAF statement said it had filed an appeal with FIFA because of “scandalous arbitration that distorted the result.”

Algerian striker Islam Slimani had a second-half goal disallowed due to offside when the score was 0-1 in Cameroon. And then Slimani himself had another goal that was not allowed in the first half of extra time. Gambian referee Bakary Gassama initially agreed to the goal, but after consulting the VAR he flipped it over by the hands.

“FAF is determined to use all legally permitted means to recover its rights and replay the match under conditions that guarantee the referee’s honesty and bias,” a statement said on the FAF website.

“The FAF also requests the opening of an investigation by FIFA bodies to clarify the refereeing of the match against Algeria-Cameroon.”

Meanwhile, Charaf-Eddine Amara resigned as president of the FAF after leaving Algeria, along with the entire Federal Bureau.

The FAF was heavily criticized after the KO of ‘vegetables’ and since then calls for the resignation of its president and its federal bureau have intensified.

Source: La Verdad


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