Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Burkina Faso files World Cup appeal to FIFA against Algeria

The Burkina Faso Football Federation recently lodged an official complaint to FIFA claiming Algeria fielded an ineligible player during the second leg of the World Cup play-off tie.
The Burkina Faso Football governing body says Algerian defender Madjid Bougherra should have been suspended for two yellow cards in earlier games. Madjid Bougherra scored the only goal in Blida which pulled Algeria level 3-3 on aggregate and took them to Brazil on away goals on Tuesday. 
According to the FBF’s President, Sita Sangare, Bougherra picked up a yellow card during the group stage of qualifying against Mali and also went into the book during Burkina Faso's 3-2 win in the first leg of their play-off, which should have ruled him out of the second leg.

The federation has also complained about Senegalese referee Badara Diatta.
The current Nations runners-up also argued that Diatta failed to play out the full four minutes of injury time, depriving them the chance of a late equalizer which would have qualified them for next year's finals in Brazil.

However, FIFA’s Team sheet does not show a yellow card booking for Bougherra. See FIFA's page 
The Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe, who was in charge of the first leg, confirmed to  BBC sport that he did not book any player in the tunnel or away from the field of play, he says that what is on the FIFA  site is what he had reported back after the match. BBCsports