AFCON ref banned for six months

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The referee at the centre of the huge scandal in the Africa Cup of Nations quarter final between Equatorial Guinea and Tunisia has been banned for six months for “poor performance”.


Ref Rajindraparsad Seechurn gave home-nation Equatorial Guinea a hugely controversial penalty in stoppage time as they went on to defeat Algeria 2-1 to reach the semi-finals.

The Confederation of African football said “the referees committee noted the poor performance of the ref.”

Flared Tempers

Tunisia players and staff angrily confronted the official at full time and have subsequently been fined £33,000.

He is also accused by CAF of an “unacceptable failure to maintain calm and ensure proper control of the players during the match".

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Seechun awarded a harsh penalty against Ali Maaloul allowing Javier Balboa to equalise and he went on to score a winning free-kick in extra time for Equatorial Guinea.

Tunisia have been warned they must offer an apology for their accusations of bias towards the CAF or risk facing explosion from 2017’s Cup of Nations.

Equatorial Guinea were also fined £3,300 for poor security at the stadium.

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