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Jedidi contradicts Caf openly



Tunisian referee Slim Jedidi, who drew wide criticisms for his below par handling of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations semi-final between Ghana and Burkina Faso, broke his silence on Tuesday in Tunis, refuting reports he was suspended by Caf and acknowledging his many faults during the encounter, describing them as human.

“I made mistakes during that game. I don’t know how and why but I later realised I committed lots of blunder. I did not see things I was supposed to see and I misinterpreted a number of decisions,” Jedidi said after emerging from his hideout, where he went with his family to avoid the media.

“I’m very sorry and I wish to express my apology to all those affected by my substandard conduct during that meeting. However, I have moved past that event and trying to focus on something else.”

Asked if he was given bribe by Ghana officials to officiate the encounter in favour of the Black Stars, Jedidi said the reports of match fixing were baseless that he never met any Ghanaian representative before the game.

“Those reports are baseless. I did not meet or take money from any Ghanaian representatives. All what happened on the pitch was mistakes and that’s human. Everybody makes mistakes. I took charge of other games before that fateful one and that’s an indication of Caf’s trust on me,” he said.

He concluded by saying he was never suspended by Caf and that he doesn’t think the body would rule him out from future engagements.



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