Kabore urges CAF to rescind Pitroipa red card
Burkina Faso captain Charles Kabore urged the Confederation of
African Football to rescind Jonathan Pitroipa’s red card for diving
and make him eligible for Sunday’s African Cup of Nations final
Pitroipa was shown a second yellow and sent off in the final few
minutes of extra time in Wednesday’s penalty shootout victory over
Ghana, leaving the underdog Burkinabes without their two best
attacking threats for their first ever African final.
Alain Traore was already out with injury, and Kabore and coach
Paul Put both disagreed with Tunisian referee Slim Jdidi’s decision
to send off Pitroipa and rule him out of the decider after he went
down in the penalty area.
Put was critical of many of Jdidi’s officiating after a string
of decisions went against Burkina Faso before it scraped through
3-2 in the shootout.
But Pitroipa’s absence would be a big loss for the team. He went
down under a challenge on the edge of the penalty area late in
extra time and Jdidi ruled out a penalty and instead sent the
France-based winger off.
Put called the second yellow card ”ridiculous,” while Kabore
hoped CAF would intervene and clear Pitroipa to face Nigeria at
”The referee is human and humans can make mistakes, but he just
happened to make too many mistakes tonight,” Kabore said. ”We are
not going to dwell on that. We can forgive. We are in the final now
and we think that Pitroipa should play in the final and that video
must be reviewed.”
Belgian-born Put was less forgiving.
”I think the best player of the day was the referee. It was a
very great level (of refereeing),” he said sarcastically. ”I told
the players at halftime we don’t need the referee to win. I was
very upset during the game, very angry with the decisions of the
referee. It was difficult to control myself.”