Headbutted ref suspended

Headbutted ref suspended

Posted: 31 January 2010 Time: 08:45 pm

Benin referee Bonaventure Coffi Codjia has been suspended indefinitely by the Confederation of African Football after failing to take action against an Algeria player who head-butted him at the African Nations Cup.

A CAF spokesman told Reuters on Sunday that Codjia, also on the shortlist for the World Cup in June, did not mention the incident in his match report after deciding against taking any action on the field against Algeria goalkeeper Fawzi Chaouchi.

Codjia was clearly grabbed by the collar and headbutted by the keeper after Egypt took a 1-0 lead with a disputed penalty in Thursday’s semi-final in Benguela.

Chaouchi was enraged by the way in which Egypt’s Hosni Abd Rabou ran up to the ball, stopped and feigned his spot-kick before stroking it easily into the net.

Codjia awarded the goal and Chaouchi chased after the referee, grabbing him from behind and turning him around and butting him. He was quickly dragged away by teammates.

A minute earlier the referee sent off Algeria defender Rafik Halliche for a second caution for a tackle that led to Egypt being awarded the penalty.

Chaouchi was later sent off when an attempted kick at an opponent earned a second caution.

Algeria wing-back Nadir Belhadj was also given a straight red card for a two-footed lunge with 20 minutes left as his side lost 4-0.

CAF said disciplinary proceedings against Belhadj and Chaouchi will be held next month. Both face bans which could see them ruled out of the World Cup in South Africa.

Article by: AN Other

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 09:23 pm
The referee made some huge mistakes and continued to do so.All this referees need more training, CAF should include nigerian referees next time.Negative country image reflects on Nigerian referee.too bad CAF. too harsh on TOGO.
Anonymous
posted: 09:24 pm
The referee made some huge mistakes and continued to do so.All this referees need more training, CAF should include nigerian referees next time.Negative country image reflects on Nigerian referee.too bad CAF. too harsh on TOGO.
Anonymous
posted: 09:59 pm
the algerians were extremely emotional, one wud swear it was "bin laden playing against obama" some refs realy messed up the tourny.i think CAF shud hav jst given egypt da trophy after their first game coz every1 else was jst sub-standard.
Anonymous
posted: 12:03 am
maybe the ref was been careful not to write the incident in his match report so as not to jeopardise his chances of going to the WC.
Its sad that he tried to cover up
Anonymous
posted: 12:10 am
losers algerian:(((
they lose 3-0 vs a weak team like Malawi, the blame the weather!!
the lose 4-0 vs Egypt they blame the ref!!!
they lose 1-0 vs Nigeria, they blame the ref of the match before :)
they lose 4 matches out of 6 and thier net receive 10 goals in 6 matches they celebrate !!!!!!
They get the worest team in the AFCON in terms of fair play, they complain about the reff???
Algerians, for the sake of God stopit, the world r laughing at you...........
Anonymous
posted: 12:11 am
losers algerian:(((
they lose 3-0 vs a weak team like Malawi, the blame the weather!!
the lose 4-0 vs Egypt they blame the ref!!!
they lose 1-0 vs Nigeria, they blame the ref of the match before :)
they lose 4 matches out of 6 and thier net receive 10 goals in 6 matches they celebrate !!!!!!
They get the worest team in the AFCON in terms of fair play, they complain about the reff???
Algerians, for the sake of God stopit, the world r laughing at you...........
MoDawana
posted: 10:59 am
As I said after their game with Cameroon and the Tunisia game North Africans are traeted with kid gloves when they are officiated by a non North African ref.

Even the "no-nonsense" Mr Damon was scared to stamp his authority against Egypt.

But generally, the standard of referiing is poor in Africa and this AFCON was no exception.
Anonymous
posted: 04:30 pm
I believe head butting is a cultural thing in Algeria.¬ We saw Zidane doing it in the world cup and screwing up¬ his entire career and now we see Chaouchi doing it¬ again. For most of us, this sounds absolutely crazy and¬ uncivilized but that's the way barbarians¬ communicate
Anonymous
posted: 08:44 pm
Forumites, pls do not allow Isa Hayatou to kill African football. He has been there since 1988, don't you think we deserve a change?
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