African arbitration at the center of scandal again – TSA

African arbitration is not done with scandals. The last took place on Saturday evening at the Cairo Stadium.

Casablanca’s Raja, Morocco, lost 2-1 to Cairo’s Al Ahly in the first leg of the quarter-finals of the African Champions League on Saturday night.

An imaginary penalty awarded in the 10th minute by Jean-Jacques Ndala, the Congolese referee of the game in favor of the Cairo club, spoiled the game.

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L’Equipe journalist Hervé Penot denounced Al Ahly’s penalty as implausible. “CAF needs to shed some light: was it the Egyptian director who just showed a misleading angle? Was it the var referee who fooled the referee who made the right decision? “, he asks.

“The VAR challenges Mr Jean-Jacques Ndala and offers him a ‘misleading plan’ of action, leading him to award Al Ahly a penalty while setting aside the best plan, which is TV. It’s funny and embarrassing,” stresses Charles Mbuya, a journalist at Canal + Sport.

The action at the start of the penalty kick shows that the Raja player actually touched the ball with his thigh and the leather never touched his hand

The previous Gassama

“The only one who saw the hand is the referee,” protested Raja’s supporters. With the away goal scored, Raja’s players promise to give their all for the second leg in Casablanca as the away goals rule continues to apply in the African Champions League.

One netizen commented: “Isn’t it another African arbitration that sucks? Wasn’t it primarily the referee who was corrupted? Always the same story Var or not Var, there are too many incompetent arbiters in Africa and too easy to corrupt, that’s the truth.”

This episode revives the debate on African arbitration. On March 29, in Blida, Algeria were beaten by Cameroon in the play-offs of the 2022 World Cup, in a meeting marred by arbitration that outraged Algerians.

The Algerian Football Federation (FAF) has filed a complaint against Gambian referee Bakary Gassama with the FIFA Arbitration Committee. The verdict is expected on April 21.

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