Tunisia loses its protest against the African Cup of Nations match, which ended early

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Tunisia protested its bizarre Africa Cup of Nations defeat to Mali, as the referee blew the final whistle twice before being sent off full-time on Thursday.

Mali were leading Wednesday’s game 1-0 when Zambian official Jani Sikazwe declared the game ended after 85 minutes, and then again at 89 minutes 47 seconds – although three more minutes were set.

The Tunisians, who were desperately searching for an equalizer against Mali down to 10 men, were furious.

When the teams were told the match must resume, Mali only complied while Tunisia’s players were already in ice baths, refusing to return to the pitch.

“After examining Tunisia’s protest and the report of all those responsible for the match, the organizing committee decided to reject the protest submitted by the Tunisian team…. and to adopt the match result as 1-0 in Mali’s favour,” a statement read. Issued by the Confederation of African Football (CAF)



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