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

against Nigeria.

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

Soccer City.

”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.”