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African Nations Cup: The referee whistles twice, early for the Mali match

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The referee blows the match up twice too soon – and then chaos breaks out

African Nations Cup - Group F - Tunisia - Mali

Referee Janny Sikazwe (left) was not at his best. In the end, he even got a financial coach from the press conference

What: Reuters

Strange scenes between Tunisia and Mali. The referee ended the match twice early. This was followed by unbridled protests by Tunisians. The subsequent press conference plunges into chaos, because suddenly the game is supposed to continue.

theAccording to Sepp Herberger and the rules, a soccer game lasts 90 minutes. at most. Janny Sikazwe’s judgment clock appears to be ahead of its time. The Zambian referee was able to prematurely award the match between Tunisia and Mali (0-1) in the African Cup in Cameroon twice.

Only after the 85:06 minute, Sikazwe saw enough of the match in Limbe and the match whistle blew. However, the players convinced him that he had made a mistake. After 89:45 minutes it was finally over. Sékouz was not affected by the angry protests of Tunisians who passed away and left the square under the protection of the security forces.

The second final whistle raises doubts about the neutral clock speed, as Malian midfielder Bilal Toure saw the red card in the 87th minute and the match was stopped for a long time due to video evidence.

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The red card was as controversial as the two hand penalties in the match. Malian Ibrahim Kone (48th minute) used the first goal to score the winning goal, while Tunisian Wahhabi Khazri (77) missed the second goal.

Bring a coach from a press conference

He told a story? far from it. As Mali coach Mohamed was tested at the press conference, officials informed him that the remaining minutes would be played.

The players of Mali and Sikaze again gathered on the field, but the Tunisians simply did not come. After a short wait, Sikazui let out a final whistle. Suddenly he returned to the press conference in anger.

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The scenes in Limbe were reminiscent of the match between Werder Bremen and Hannover 96 in November 1975. At that time, referee Wolf-Dieter Ahlenfelder in the first half whistled after 32 minutes.

The referee, visibly drunk, let the match continue shortly thereafter, only to blow the whistle in the first half 90 seconds before the end of normal time. Ahlenfelder later stated that he had beer and Maltese schnapps for lunch before the match.

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