CAF suspends controversial referee

A Tunisian referee who was in charge of an Afcon semi-final has been suspended.

A Tunisian referee which was in charge of the Burkina Faso vs Ghana game has been suspended.

JOHANNESBURG - The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has taken a hard stance against poor refereeing at this year's Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).

On Thursday, the federation suspended Slim Jedidi, for his poor performance in the semi-final between Burkina Faso and Ghana.

The highlight of the game was his decision to send off Jonathan Pitroipa.

Pitroipa was sent off for diving, which was incorrect because he was indeed fouled.

It is not yet clear whether the decision will be reversed.

CAF Secretary General Hicham El Amrani cannot confirm just yet how long the referee will be suspended for.

"The duration of that suspension will be decided on by the organising committee in conjunction with the refereeing committee."

El Armani has spoken out harshly against those who feel CAF favours certain federations and teams over others.

"I can understand the frustration of the fans and officials that some decisions are unfair. However, I don't agree that it tarnishes the image of the tournament. We cannot accept comments that CAF is against certain federations or countries. This is just nonsense for us."

The Afcon final will take place at the National Stadium on Sunday.

Nigeria will face Burkina Faso at 8pm.