The Algerian football federation is determined to go far in the Gassama case. After having made a new request to Fifa yesterday, she intends to seek the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS), in the event that she does not win her case by the international body this Thursday, April 21.
The Algerian Football Federation lodged an appeal with Fifa the day after the Algeria-Cameroon return match, as part of the qualifying play-offs for the next World Cup in Qatar, following the vicious arbitration of Bakary Gassama. The latter made several arbitrary errors and refused to use the VAR in several decisive actions, among others, that of the first Cameroonian goal, which influenced the result of the match. The Indomitable Lions won by a score of two goals to one, synonymous with qualification for the next World Cup.
Determined to go all the way in this case, the FAF formulated, in accordance with the recommendations of its legal advisers, “a new request to FIFA to have the complaint file submitted concerning the match Algeria – Cameroon, disputed 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”, wrote the first instance of national football on its press release, and to add: “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”.
The FAF ready to seize the CAS
Fifa is expected to deliver the verdict on Thursday, April 21. In the event that the FAF does not succeed, it is ready to seize the Sports Arbitration Court (TAS) of Lausanne to recover its rights.
Indeed, the information was reported by the APS. “The federal authority under the presidency of Charaf-Eddine Amara, undertook, in accordance with the recommendations of its legal advisers, a request to Fifa to have the complaint file submitted regarding the meeting examined by the Fifa Arbitration Commission, the only authority to shed light on the impartiality of the match referee. The evidence implicating arbitrator Bakary Gassama is at the level of the disciplinary commission,” a member of the federal bureau told APS.
In any case, everything will be clearer after the verdict to which the international body will pronounce on Thursday.