Put blasts referee blunders

Head coach Paul Put was critical of referee Slim Jdidi in the wake of Burkina Faso's penalty shoot-out success over Ghana.

Last Updated: 07/02/13 at 14:37 Post Comment

Burkina Faso: Progressed to the AFCON final on penalties

Burkina Faso: Progressed to the AFCON final on penalties

Burkina Faso head coach Paul Put was critical of Tunisian referee Slim Jdidi in the wake of his side's penalty shoot-out success over Ghana which booked them a first appearance in the final of the African Nations Cup.

The Stallions beat the four-time winners to set up an unlikely meeting with Nigeria amid a poor refereeing performance.

Jdidi awarded Ghana a debatable penalty in the 13th minute when Madi Panandetiguiri was ruled to have pulled down Christian Atsu as the pair challenged for a header inside the box.

The decision looked harsh, but Mubarak Wakaso kept his cool and stepped up to slot the spot-kick home to give the Black Stars an early lead. The award came moments after Burkina Faso looked to have had a more worthy penalty appeal turned down.

Jdidi then ruled out what appeared to be a perfectly legal Prejuce Nakoulma goal in extra-time before sending off Burkinabe star Jonathan Pitroipa for a dive despite the midfielder clearly being tripped in the area.

"The refereeing decisions were scandalous," Burkina Faso boss Put told the BBC.

"We've lost Jonathan Pitroipa now for the final. He's very important to us, but we are 23 players and it's up to the technical staff to devise tactics to beat Nigeria without him and (the injured) Alain Traore."

Burkina Faso captain Charles Kabore also questioned the refereeing display.

"The referee is human, all humans make mistakes, but he happened to make too many tonight," he told the BBC.

"But we're not going to dwell on that. We've qualified."

In fairness, both sides were on the end of some baffling decisions from the man in the middle with Paul Koulibaly lucky to only see a yellow card after kicking out at former Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan when a red card would have been more appropriate.

Burkina Faso team manager Gualbert Kabore has confirmed that they have appealed the red card shown to Pitroipa.

"The Burkina Faso Football Federation wrote an official letter of appeal to CAF (competition organisers the Confederation of African Football)," said Kabore, speaking to Al Jazeera at the team hotel.

"We lodged it in the two hours after the match as stipulated by the regulations.

"We think we have a good chance of winning the appeal."


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