Ref admits mistake, Pitroipa set to play in Afcon final

2013-02-08 13:55

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Burkina Faso’s star striker Jonathan Pitroipa, who picked up a red card in Wednesday’s semifinal, is set to play in Sunday’s Africa Cup of Nations final after all.

For Pitroipa to be able to take part the referee in Wednesday’s game had to admit he had made a mistake in booking the player for a second time for diving, something Tunisian Slim Jdidi has now done, Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Issa Hayatou said.

“Everyone realised that this referee did not officiate well,” Hayatou announced today.

“They’ve told me the referee has sent a letter saying he got it wrong.

“From this moment, the CAF executive committee will pass on the matter to the disciplinary commission, who will announce their decision today.

“The referee admitted his error in his report given to the (CAF) secretary general (Hicham El Amrani) – he recognised that he had got it wrong.”

Jdidi’s admission that he had erred paves the way for the red card to be rescinded and for Pitroipa to take his place in the Burkina Faso side to face Nigeria at the National Stadium on Sunday.

Pitroipa produced the only goal in the 1-0 extra-time quarterfinal win over Togo.

He has helped lighten the blow of the Burkinabe losing their best striker, Alain Traoré, to injury.

Jdidi, who has been suspended for his poor performance in Wednesday’s game, sent off the Rennes forward in the 117th minute of the game that Burkina Faso won on penalties against Ghana.

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