Strange moment happened in the event African Cup between Tunisia and Mali when the referee Janny Sikazwe blew the whistle to mark the end of the match in the 85th and 89th minutes.
When the game was running for 85 minutes and only a few seconds into the 86th minute, Sikazwe blew the whistle to mark the end of the match.
The Tunisian camp immediately shouted a loud protest at the referee. The match finally resumed after Sikazwe realized his mistake.
When the match started again, Sikazwe was not finished sparking controversy. This time he blew the whistle again when the match entered 89 minutes 40 seconds or there were still 20 seconds remaining from normal time.
It didn’t stop there, in the second half there was also a situation when the match was stopped for VAR checks.
Because of this, the Tunisian camp immediately entered the field when the match was officially stopped. Strong protests were carried out by the Tunisian stronghold, both players and coaching staff.
The Tunisian coach, Mondher Kebaier, continued to protest while pointing his watch at Sikazwe.
Sikazwe did not attend to the protest and continued to be on the ground. Because the situation did not subside, a number of security forces began to enter the field to defuse the situation.
The security forces even set up barricades to protect the four officials who led the match from getting off the field.
According to Sky Sports, the press conference session was interrupted because the organizers later stated that the match had to continue for three minutes remaining including extra time.
Tunisia did not return to the field while Mali was already on the field.
Mali won the match 1-0. The only goal for Mali’s victory was scored by Ibrahima Kone in the 48th minute.
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