Fifa puts an end to the debate about the affair of the Algeria-Cameroon match. She responds to those who kept a slim hope for the match to be replayed since she decided to close the file definitively. The supporters of the national team must definitely turn this page.
After having long held the Algerian public in suspense, FIFA’s long-awaited response to the complaint lodged by the Algerian Football Federation with the FIFA Arbitration Committee concerning the “vicious” arbitration of Gambian Bakary Gassama during the return match of the play-offs, played on March 29 at the Mustapha Tchaker stadium in Blida, against Cameroon arrived. It was last Friday that the general secretariat of the FAF received a letter from the international body and more precisely from the commission of referees chaired by the Italian Collina.
The FAF has published FIFA’s correspondence on its official website. “We regret that, according to your assessment, the decisions of the referees could have negatively influenced the course of the meeting. We have taken careful note of the elements of your letter and we can already guarantee that all the incidents that occurred during the match have been carefully examined by the two “video” referees, in accordance with the Laws of the Game and the video assistance protocol for arbitration”.
A “fuzzy” letter that most Algerians had trouble understanding and which also created a great debate on social networks, between those who understood that Fifa has definitively closed the case and others who keep a slim hope that said match will be replayed.
Definitely turn the page on the disillusionment of March 29
The letter sent from the Fifa Arbitration Commission was confirmed by a representative of the international body. Indeed, and in a statement granted to the French press agency (AFP) through which he indicated that FIfa had refused the appeal brought by the FAF and considered the file closed. “FIFA has responded to the FAF on these two files and considers the file closed,” a FIFA spokesperson told the news agency.
This is what is now clear, clean and precise. Thus, the representative of Fifa put an end to speculation and hopes to relaunch the debate on the meeting against Cameroon.
Admittedly, the Algerian football federation intends to go as far as possible in this affair, since it should seize the CAS of Lausanne to recover its rights or at least so that sanctions are imposed against the referee Gassama, but the Algerians must definitely turn this page and plan for the next deadlines from next month, on the occasion of the start of the CAN 2023 qualifiers in Côte d’Ivoire.