Algeria appeal to FIFA for World Cup play-off against Cameroon to be replayed over ‘scandalous’ refereeing decisions
Algeria were moments away from reaching the World Cup finals in Qatar, but Karl Toko Ekambi’s 124th-minute winner helped Cameroon book their spot instead. The Algerian Football Federation (FAF) want to replay the second leg after questioning the impartiality of Gambian referee Bakary Gassama. Cameroon advanced 2-2 on away goals.
Ismael Bennacer reacts after Algeria were knocked out by Cameroon
FAF published a statement on Thursday confirming they have lodged an appear to world governing body FIFA.
The federation claim "scandalous arbitration” during the match “distorted the result".
Algeria's coach Djamel Belmadi reacts to their defeat during the second leg of the 2022 Qatar World Cup African Qualifiers football match between Algeria and Cameroon
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The statement added: "The FAF is determined to use all legally permitted means to have its rights restored and to replay the match under conditions guaranteeing the honesty and partiality of the referee.
"The FAF also requests the opening of an investigation by FIFA bodies to shed light on the arbitration of the Algeria-Cameroon match."
Algeria striker Islam Slimani saw two efforts ruled out, one in the second half for offside, and a second in the first half of extra-time after Gambian referee Bakary Gassama consulted the pitchside monitor and deemed there had been a handball in the build-up.
Ahmed Touba had scored an 118th-minute header to seemingly send Algeria to the World Cup finals, only for Toko Ekambi to score four minutes into stoppage time of second-half extra-time.
FAF president Charaf-Eddine Amara resigned after the match.