Sunday, January 27, 2013

Referee Ghead Grisha dismissed from Nations Cup over rulings in Nigeria’s match against reigning champions Zambia

Egyptian referee, Ghead Grisha who presided over the Group C match between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and defending champions Zambia on Friday has been dismissed from the on-going Nations Cup in South Africa.
An official of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) confirmed late Sunday that the 36-year old referee whose been an international referee since 2008 will no longer take part in the on-going AFCON in South Africa.
“He has been sent home. He will have no further action at this Nations Cup. His decisions did not tally with best practices of the refereeing profession and we would not allow anyone to start re-writing the rules of the game here,” said the official.
The dismissal was confirmed in a statement signed by the Assistant Media Director for the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mr Ademola Olajire.
Grisha made headlines when he awarded a penalty against the Super Eagles just 4 minutes to stoppage time in Friday’s Group C match, Nigeria conceded the penalty which allowed current champions Zambia to draw level at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.
A lot of people were furious and skeptical over the call includging Super Eagles goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama who referred to the referee’s call to award Zambia a penalty against Nigeria as “crazy”.