Libya protest about flag mix-up on CAF website

Libya protest about flag mix-up on CAF website

Published Jan. 21, 2012 4:02 p.m. ET

The Libya football team said it forced the Confederation of African Football to correct its website on Saturday with the new flag adopted by the country since Moammar Gadhafi's overthrow.

Libya threatened to boycott all media events and stop cooperating with African Cup organizers until the blunder was fixed, team media officer Fathi Aborzeza told The Associated Press.

Aborzeza said CAF, which oversees the tournament, deleted the old green flag for the new black, red and green flag just hours before the team's opening match in the African Cup against co-host Equatorial Guinea in Bata.

Libya lost 1-0 on a dramatic opening day. Earlier, thousands of home fans forced their way into the stadium in Bata ahead of the game.


CAF told The AP it had ''taken note'' of Libya's new flag from the time it was first used but an error with the website's old database caused it to reproduce the old flag.

Aborzeza also said a car displaying the Libya flag and carrying the team's media delegation to the stadium was attacked by local fans, who punched the driver.