Appeal Algeria – Cameroon: FIFA’s first response to the FAF

The Arbitration Commission of the International Federation of Football Association (FIFA) examined the complaint lodged by the Algerian Football Federation (FAF) about the scandalous arbitration of the Gambian Bakary Gassama who officiated the return match Algeria-Cameroon played on March 29, as part of the qualifying play-offs for the next Qatar-2022 World Cup.

In a press release published yesterday evening on its social networks, the FAF announced that FIFA responded to the complaint lodged with its Arbitration Commission, contesting the arbitration of Bakary Gassama during the return match Algeria-Cameroon. “In response to the complaint lodged with the FIFA Referees Committee concerning the Algeria – Cameroon play-off return match of March 29, 2022 qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, the Algerian Football Federation (FAF) informs be addressee, today May 06, 2022, of correspondence from the said commission”said the press release from the FAF.

“We regret that, according to your assessment, the decisions of the referees could have negatively influenced the course of the match. We have taken good 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”, replied the FIFA Arbitration Committee, according to the same source.

Since its publication, the statement of the FAF has caused strong reactions on social networks, and it comes down to the fact that the decision of FIFA on the request made is not clearly stated there. Indeed, according to the response communicated by the FAF document, the FIFA Arbitration Committee acknowledges receipt of the FAF’s request and admits that “incidents” occurred during the Algeria-Cameroon match, without, however, , identify serious faults in the arbitration of Gassama, suggesting that the arguments put forward by the FAF as to the impartiality of the arbitration are slight.

Gassama case: the FAF appeals to FIFA

In this same context, it should be recalled that the FAF had officially lodged an appeal with FIFA on March 31, in order to contest the scandalous arbitration of the Gambian Bakary Gassama who officiated the return match Algeria-Cameroon, within the framework play-offs for the qualification for the next Qatar-2022 World Cup.

In its appeal, the FAF had asked to replay the return match of the Algeria-Cameroon play-offs following the scandalous arbitration of the Gambian Bakary Gassama, judging that he had made several arbitration errors and had refused to use the VAR in several decisive actions. He will have been a main actor in the elimination of the Greens for the next World Cup. Moreover, since the match, lively politics and controversies have animated the debates on this subject.

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