Mauritian referee Rajindraparsad Seechurn has been expelled from the Africa Cup of Nations (officially known as CAN; French: Coupe d’Afrique des Nations) by the African confederation of football (CAF; ‘Confédération africaine de football’).
Referee Rajindraparsad Seechurn
The ban has been the result of the controversy that arose after the referee took a decision during a football match that propelled the hosts Equatorial Guinea to be qualified to the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations, while the rival team, Tunisia, lagged behind.
Tunisia was initially winning with score 1-0, when at the 90th minute, the referee asserted that player Ivan Bolado of the opposing team had been fouled. Equatorial Guinea equalised the score, to finally win during extra-time, with a final score 2-1. The Tunisia team was enraged at the stance of the referee.
Angry at the referee’s decision, some of the players of Tunisia team even tried to assault him, according to what has been reported. They were then fined $ 50000.
Security personnel protecting referee Rajindraparsad Seechurn when angry Tunisia players approached him; photo credits: Mike Hutchings/ Reuters
As a consequence of the complaints of the Tunisia team who lost the match, referee Rajindraparsad Seechurn has been removed from the list of top African officials. His international career has thus been terminated.
His performance had been analysed by a committee of referees, and the decision of banning him was then made.
Tunisia has also accused the CAF of poor arbitration. The country also demands the resignation of the president of the confederation, Issa Ayatou.
Refereeing error or not, the decision of Rajindraparsad Seechurn has been supported by many a Mauritian, including Saoud Lallmohamed, the director of the technical committee of the Mauritius Professional Football League (MPFL), who stated having reviewed the images and declared that the referee had indeed denounced a real mistake, albeit a subtle one. He is convinced that Rajindraparsad Seechurn took the right decision.