Suara.com – The referee who led the match between Ivory Coast vs Ethiopia in the African Cup Qualifiers on Tuesday (30/3/2021), collapsed on the pitch with about 10 minutes remaining.
Referee Charles Bulu from Ghana appeared to be disoriented in the 81st minute of the Group K match at Alassane Ouattara’s Stade Olympique in Abidjan.
Bulu was seen tottering his way to the sidelines where the concerned Ivorian players helped him to move on.
But not yet at the edge of the field, Bulu suddenly slumped and lay on her back with her eyes closed. This caused the players to panic and the medics running.
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She was treated by medics and carried on a stretcher, even though she was conscious when she was taken away. Reports said he had briefly passed out.
The terrible incident made the match in which Ivory Coast was leading 3-1 had to be stopped early. The reason is, the fourth referee is not allowed to lead because he comes from the Ivory Coast.
After an on-field discussion between the officials which lasted about 10 minutes, Kenyan assistant referee Gilbert Cheruiyot took over the post but ended the match immediately.
It is unclear whether the result of this match will still count or vice versa. The Ethiopian Football Federation said in a statement that the match had been canceled pending a decision by the African Football Confederation.
However, whether the result of the match is canceled or not is not a problem for Ivory Coast and Ethiopia, which have already been confirmed to both qualify for next year’s African Cup in Cameroon. Washington Post.
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