Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Suspended Tunisian referee Slim Jdidi makes World Cup shortlist

Despite being suspended from the Nations Cup for his performance, Tunisian referee Slim Jdidi made FIFA’s World Cup shortlist.

The Confederation of African Football sanctioned Jdidi for his conducts in the semi-finals specifically in the game between Ghana and Burkina Faso. In the very controversial game, Jdidi ruled out a legitimate looking goal as well as dismissed a strong penalty claim for the Burkinabe while handing a suspicious spot-kick to opponents Ghana at Nelspruit. The Tunisian referee also sent off Burkina Faso’s Jonathan Pitropia, however, CAF overturned his decision quickly allowing Pitropia to represent his country in the finals which they lost to Nigeria.

Ever since the incident in the last Nations Cup, Jdidi has not been used for any international assignments.

However, FIFA has invited the 42-year-old referee along with six other potential World Cup referees from Africa, to attend a seminar in Casablanca from 27-30 April, the latest in a series of training camps, seminars and tests for those being considered to officiate in Brazil next year.

A total of 52 referees, each with their own designated pair of assistants have been shortlisted for the World Cup. The list will be cut to 30 for next year's finals in Brazil.