Tunisia lose protest over Africa Cup of Nations game that ended too soon


Tunisia’s protest over their bizarre Africa Cup of Nations loss to Mali, in which the referee whistled twice before regulation time, was dismissed on Thursday.

Mali were leading Wednesday’s game 1-0 when Zambian official Janny Sikazwe signaled the end of the game after 85 minutes and then again at 89 minutes and 47 seconds – even though three more minutes had been scheduled.

The Tunisians, desperate for an equalizer against a Mali side reduced to 10 men, were furious.

When the teams were told the match was to resume, only Mali complied while the Tunisian players were already in ice baths, refusing to return to the pitch.

“After reviewing Tunisia’s protest and all reports from match officials, the Organizing Committee has decided to reject the protest filed by the Tunisian team…and to certify the result of the match as 1-0 in favor of Mali,” said a press release. published by the Confederation of African Football (CAF)



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