AFCON 2013: NFF lied about referee suspension

by Rachel Lawal

Nigeria Ethiopia

A football website is reporting that Grisha Ghead, the Egyptian referee who was purportedly punished by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), was not sent home as claimed by Nigeria’s Football Federation (NFF).

According to, Ghead was the fourth official in yesterday’s game between Algeria and the Ivory Coast, three days after the NFF and Sports Ministry told Nigerians that he had been sent home by CAF for his poor handling of the Zambia versus Nigeria game last Friday.

In a press release by NFF spokesman, Demola Olajire, the NFF had claimed that Ghead had been punished by CAF for his poor handling of the encounter between the Super Eagles and the Chipolopolo where a late penalty call was given to the defending champions.

When Goal,com contacted Olajire about it, he said, “That was the impression that Caf gave us [that he had been suspended].”

Up until now, CAF has yet to make a statement about Ghead.

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