While the Gambian Football Federation has decided to file a complaint against national coach Djamel Belmadi following his statements about Gambian international referee Bakary Gassama, the FAF president reached his GFF counterpart on the phone to ask for explanations. The two men promised to work to calm the situation.
During his last media outing, Djamel Belmadi fired red balls at referee Bakary Gassama. He even recounted his verbal altercation with the Gambian at Algiers airport, just after the return match of the Algeria-Cameroon play-offs, while calling him “Hagar” for having harmed the national team during the said match.
A statement that made the Gambian Football Federation react. The latter, and in order to defend her compatriot, she asked FIFA and CAF to open an investigation while pronouncing disciplinary sanctions against Belmadi. It was through an official press release that the GFF asked the FAF to distance itself from the remarks of the national coach when Amara had supported them in a statement made on Tuesday evening.
Amara spoke to his Gambian counterpart on the phone
After learning that the Gambian Football Federation will file a complaint against Djamel Belmadi, the president of the Algerian Football Federation Charaf-Eddine Amara joined his Gambian counterpart Lamine Kaba Bajo to ask for an explanation. This is what we learned from an official press release from the FAF.
“Following the complaint of the Gambian Football Federation, to which the Algerian Football Federation was addressed, and through which it expresses its concerns about the referee Mr. Bakary Papa Gassama, who officiated the last match of the play-offs for the Qatar-2022 Algeria-Cameroon World Cup qualifiers, on March 29 in Blida, the president of the FAF, Mr. Amara Charaf-Eddine had a telephone conversation with his Gambian counterpart, Mr. Lamine Kaba Bajo. “Wrote the first instance of national football in its press release.
And to add: “The two men had a long discussion on this subject, where each explained vis-à-vis what happened, in particular the Algerian part which recalled that it was in its most absolute right to lodge a complaint relating to an arbitration having weighed, according to her, on the result of a meeting as important as that qualifying for a World Cup”.
A telephone interview at the end of which the presidents of the two federations “promised to each other to work on their own to calm the situation and to leave things in their strictly regulatory context, while preserving the good relations between the two federations forever”.