Gassama case: can the FAF appeal to the CAS?

While the Fifa arbitration committee has closed the file for the Algeria-Cameroon match, many have announced a possible new approach by the FAF, that of appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (TAS) in Lausanne. But the first instance of national football will ultimately not be able to do so. The Algerians must definitively turn the page of the disillusionment of March 29th.

After having lodged an appeal with Fifa the day after the return match of the Algeria-Cameroon play-offs, played on March 29 at the Mustapha Tchaker stadium in Blida, to denounce the scandalous arbitration of the Gambian Bakary Gassama, the Algerian football federation also brought complaint to the Fifa arbitration commission, chaired by the famous former Italian referee Pierluigi Collina for the same reason. But it received an unfavorable response from the international body.

Indeed, the FAF, and as everyone knows, received correspondence from Fifa last Friday which wrote to it: “We regret that, according to your assessment, the decisions of the referees could have had a negative influence on 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, but the AFP affirmed that the file was indeed closed by the commission in question, this is what entrusted to him a source of Fifa, that the latter “responded to the FAF on these two cases and considers the case closed”.

The FAF will not be able to appeal to the CAS of Lausanne

Now that it has been dismissed by the international body, many are wondering what steps the Algerian football federation will take to recover its rights. According to certain information relayed, the FAF should seize the Court of Arbitration for Sport (TAS) in Lausanne.

But what you need to know is that the first instance of national football will not be able to appeal to the Swiss structure. “Decisions taken by the Disciplinary Committee and the Appeals Committee may be appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), pursuant to the provisions of Articles 57 and 58 of the FIFA Statutes”, c Article 48 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code stipulates this.

Moreover, and if the Algerians considered “fuzzy” the letter from Fifa sent to the FAF, it is quite simply because the major structure of the round ball is not obliged to justify its verdicts. Indeed, in paragraph 5.1 of the said code, we can read: “In principle, the decisions of the judicial bodies of Fifa are rendered without reason and only these decisions are communicated to the parties, who are then informed that they have ten days from the receipt of the notification to request the reasons in writing”.

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