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Football | Afcon

Gehad Grisha © Backpagepicks

Caf sends ref Gehad Grisha packing



The Egyptian match official who refereed Nigeria’s Group C game against Zambia last Friday at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, Gehad Grisha will take no further part at the 2013 Afcon in South Africa.

Grisha awarded a highly controversial penalty to Zambia late on in the game leading to an angry reaction from the Nigerian camp.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) subsequently dispatched a strongly-warded protest to the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

CAF has ostensibly ruled in favour of the NFF and Grisha has been sent home from the Afcon.

An official of CAF confirmed the news on Sunday.

“He (Grsha) 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.

Nigeria needs a win on Tuesday in Rustenburg against Ethiopia to confirm its place in the quarter finals of the Afcon.

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