Tunisia-Mali ref's controversial past

African Football

The referee who was in charge of the Tunisia and Mali match has a controversial past which includes him being suspended by the Confederation of African football over corruption allegations in 2018.

Following the dubious end to the Group F clash on Wednesday, Tunisia boss Mondher Kebaier labelled the Zambian official’s decisions as “inexplicable”.  

The manager was referring to Janny Sikazwe's controversial calls to blow for full-time in the 85th minute which led to a standoff between the match official and the Tunisia staff.  

Scroll through the gallery below to see all the drama and action from Tunisia and Mali's clash

With the match resuming moments later, the official once again appeared to make a mistake by ending the tie in 89th minute, sparking more outrage from the North African nation who were trailing the game.                                                                                       

According to news in 24, head of officials Essam Abdel-Fatah told journalist Tarek Talaat that Sikazwe had suffered a heatstroke which led to him losing his concentration.  

However, this is not the first time that the African referee has found himself in trouble.  

Read: Tunisia boss criticises Afcon ref

Previously, CAF had provisionally suspended Sikazwe on the suspicion of corruption after his decisions stirred controversy in a CAF Champions League semi-final clash between Esperance and Primiero Agosto, according to Goal 

The Zambian awarded a penalty to the Tunisian giants that was deemed to be the wrong call, before he later disallowed an Agosto goal after Sikazwe felt the goalkeeper was pushed in the process.   

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