“FIFA” confirms that it has “closed the file” of Algeria’s appeal to replay the match against Cameroon

Algeria: FIFA rejected on Saturday the appeal presented by its Algerian counterpart to repeat the match against Cameroon in the qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup 2022, stressing that “the file has been closed”. The Desert Warriors won 1-0 in Cameroon, but lost 2-1 after extending the second leg with a last-gasp goal from Karl-Toko Ekambi (120 + 4), after scoring a goal in the 118th minute enough to take them to the Qatar World Cup at the end of quest’year. On March 31, the Algerian Federation announced that it had appealed to FIFA and had asked for the match to be repeated due to the “scandalous arbitration” of Gambian referee Bakary Gassama. But the FIFA Referees Committee rejected this request, according to an email published Saturday by the Algerian federation. “We are sorry that, according to your assessment, the decisions of the referees may have a negative impact on the progress of the game,” said the committee. (…) All incidents that occurred during the match were carefully examined by the VARs, in compliance with the Laws of the Game and the VAR Protocol ”. In contact with the Agence France-Presse, FIFA confirmed that the Algerian federation has lodged a complaint with the disciplinary commission of the international body and asked to obtain the observations of the referees commission. “FIFA has responded to the Algerian federation on these two issues and the file is considered closed,” a FIFA spokesman told AFP on Saturday. Algerian coach Djamel Belmadi has repeatedly criticized the refereeing of this match in particular and of the African continent in general. FIFA fined the Algerian federation 3,000 Swiss francs for firing bullets and lighting smoke bombs during the second leg of the match in Blida. (AFP)