CAF suspend Tunisia president, threaten 2017 AFCON expulsion

February 6, 2015 6:45 pm
“The Executive Committee of CAF, which met on
Friday, 6 February 2015 in Malabo, took note of the suspended sentence.
The Committee also decided to give the
until March 31, 2015 to comply with the recommendations of the
Disciplinary Panel and the Organising Committee, otherwise the Executive
Committee of CAF will disqualify Tunisian national team from the next
edition of the Africa Cup of Nations in 2017.”

Tunisia could be expelled from the 2017
Africa Cup of Nations, while the country’s football
federation president Wadie Jary has been issued with a ban – pending a
letter of apology – over suggestions of bias.
The Tunisian
Football Federation (FTF) aimed the accusations in the direction of the
Confederation of African Football (CAF) following their controversial
2-1 quarter-final defeat to hosts last Saturday.
Equatorial
Guinea were staring down the barrel of defeat until Mauritian
official Seechurn Rajindraparsad awarded a penalty in second-half
stoppage time when Hamza Mathlouthi was penalised somewhat harshly for a
foul on Ivan Bolado.
Players and officials from Tunisia,
including Jary, confronted Rajindraparsad on the pitch at full-time and
there was unrest in the stands at Estadio de Bata.
CAF
subsequently banned Rajindraparsad for six months and delisted him from
their elite panel of referees, while an apology was demanded from the
FTF.
AFCON officials met in Malabo on Friday and has now opted to
ban Jary from all CAF activity until an apology his made, while warning
that the FTF must meet certain criteria set by CAF’s Disciplinary Panel
by March 31 in order to participate in the tournament in two years’
time.
“At its meeting in Malabo, the Organising Committee for the
Orange Africa Cup of Nations dealt with the behaviour of Mr Wadie Jary,
president of the Tunisian Football Federation, during the match between
Tunisia and Equatorial Guinea on 31 January 2015 in Bata,” read a
statement from CAF.
“Thus, the AFCON Organising Committee decided
to suspend with immediate effect the President of the Tunisian Football
Federation, , from all activities related to CAF until he
submitted a letter of apology or presented a letter with irrefutable,
tangible evidence to substantiate claims of CAF bias against the
Tunisian team.
“The Executive Committee of CAF, which met on
Friday, 6 February 2015 in Malabo, took note of the suspended sentence.
The Committee also decided to give the Tunisian Football Federation
until March 31, 2015 to comply with the recommendations of the
Disciplinary Panel and the Organising Committee, otherwise the Executive
Committee of CAF will disqualify Tunisian national team from the next
edition of the Africa Cup of Nations in 2017.”

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