No, Algeria football has not finished talking about it. As is often the case in recent weeks, it is the Fennecs coach Djamel Belmadi who is the center of interest of all the debates. But nothing to do with the FAF this time since it is a misunderstanding shown by the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA).
The Algerian technician blasted the arbitration on the continent after two controversial penalties whistled against Algeria during the resounding 3-3 against Zambia on the 5th day of the CAN 2021 qualifiers.
“In Africa, we have become too accustomed to the corruption of referees”
“… The course of the match is deviating due to two decisions of the referee. You know, a referee isn’t even supposed to give a ball back when it comes out. What about a referee who went so far as to tie the laces of an opposing player (an image showing one of the officials tying the laces of a Zambian in the locker room corridor is actually circulating on the networks? social, editor’s note)? At the same time, he puts a lot of pressure on us to get on our nerves. This is all scandalous, ”railed Djamel Belmadi at the microphone of Radio Channel 3.
“… In Africa we have become too accustomed to the corruption of referees, all this must be punished. (…) Algeria is a strong country in Africa. We can’t have fun with us like that. At some point, you have to step up to the plate. Our work, we do it. We work to the maximum and we pay attention to everything except these maneuvers, ”he added.
This Friday, we learn that FIFA wishes to have explanations from the African Football Confederation (CAF) on its inflammatory remarks coming from Djamel Belmadi. This should add fuel to the already burning fire in Algeria.