Gassama case: important press release from the FAF

The Algerian football federation is determined to go far in the Gassama case. She made a request to Fifa to have her file examined by the latter’s arbitration committee.

The Algerian national team was harmed by referee Bakary Gassama during the return match against Cameroon, played on March 29 as part of the qualifying play-offs for the next Qatar-2022 World Cup. The Algerian Football Federation did not sit idly by as it lodged an appeal at the level of Fifa to recover its rights regarding the Gambian’s vicious arbitration which influenced the result of the match.

Obviously, the FAF intends to go all the way in this case. Indeed, she made a new request to the international body in order to have her file examined by the arbitration commission of the latter, and this, following the recommendations of her legal advisers, we learned from the press release made public this evening by the first instance of national football.

“The Algerian Football Federation has undertaken, in accordance with the recommendations of its legal advisers, a request to FIFA to have the complaint file examined concerning the match Algeria – Cameroon, played on March 29, 2022 counting for the second leg of the play-offs of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Qatar 2022, by the FIFA Arbitration Committee,” the FAF wrote in its press release.

A well-argued case

If the Algerian football federation has decided to make the said request directly to Fifa, it is quite simply because its file is well supplied with arguments.

“This request is motivated by the fact that the complaint file submitted is based on arguments and technical considerations related to arbitration which require examination by a specialized structure”, adds the press release from the FAF.

It should be recalled that the Minister of Youth and Sports, Abderrazak Sebgag, revealed in his last media release that the FAF file is “supported by evidence”. Also remember that Fifa will deliver its verdict this Thursday, April 21. It remains to be seen whether these are sanctions against the FAF following the incidents that punctuated the Algeria-Cameroon match at the Mustapha Tchaker stadium in Blida, or about the appeal brought by the first instance of national football against referee Bakary Gassama.

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