The Confederation of African Football (CAF) decided to expel Gabonese referee Pierre Eko from the African Cup of Nations due to refereeing errors during the match between Ivory Coast and Senegal in the quarter-finals of the continental championship.
The decision was issued by the CAF administrative body following a complaint filed against them by the national teams of Ivory Coast and Senegal.
The match, which ended with the Elephants winning on penalties, was characterized by controversial refereeing decisions which led to Acho not being included in the list of referees for the later stages of the tournament.
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The Gabonese referee refused to give a red card to Senegal striker Sadio Mané at the start of the match because he had interfered too violently on his opponent, and he did not seek advice or advice from video assistive technology (VAR).
The second reason behind the referee's boycott is due to the failure to award a correct penalty kick to Senegal national team star Ismaila Sarr, which was apparently obstructed by an Ivory Coast player and refused to consult the video assistant referee .
The same referee had previously made several serious mistakes during the match between Moroccan club Wydad Athletic Club and their guests Simba Club of Tanzania in the fourth round of the African Champions League.