AFCON controversy strikes as referee blows for full time early…twice!

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Africa Cup of Nations underway

The African Cup of Nations got underway this week after being delayed from 2021 due to COVID-19.

Already there have been a string of shocks (including Egypt losing their opening group game) as well as heroes being discovered, such as the unorthodox Sierra Leone goalkeeper, who earned his side a draw, in what is proving to be a fascinating if low-scoring tournament.

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Bizarre events in Tunisia vs Mali game

And now, some truly extraordinary scenes have been forthcoming in the group game between Mali and Tunisia, the first game each side is playing at the competition.

First, the referee blew the full-time whistle after just 85 minutes of the game had been played, with the score 1-0 to Mali.

Then, seemingly realising his mistake, he allowed play to continue. But, with 20 seconds still on the clock before any potential added time, of which there was expected to be plenty, the referee brought a halt to proceedings for a second time, this time for good.

This comes despite the fact that there were several VAR checks, a red card as well as two penalties, those officiating the game seemed to deem no extra time was warranted, to the confusion and anger of the playing and coaching staff on the side of Tunisia, who were still chasing the game.

Hopefully, the officiating will improve and not spoil what has been a captivating tournament so far.

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