UK urges collective response to attacks on Saudi oil facilities    Saudi Arabia says full production restored within the month    Mexican embassy celebrates Independence Day with reception    'Egypt will not allow any country to impose its will on another in Ethiopian dam issue,' FM says    Cameroon's longtime FIFA official Hayatou back in African soccer work    Egypt's new listing amendments mandate more women on boards    The Latest on Israeli election: Arab leader Ayman Odeh urges high turnout in Israeli vote    Top UK court hearing challenge to Johnson's Parliament break    Inter's Conte fumes over media's fixation on formations    Egypt, Ethiopia at odds as talks over Blue Nile dam resume    PSG forwards Mbappe, Cavani ruled out of Real Madrid clash    5 plant-based soup recipes to warm your body and soul    Egypt's Ahly to train for Super Cup game against Zamalek immediately    UK to support investment in Egypt with £13mn – official    US waiting and watching on oil reserve, market well supplied: Perry    FTSE 100 steadies after Saudi attacks; Sirius Minerals plummets    President Sisi: Egyptians' awareness led to success of economic reforms    Egypt looks to develop peaceful nuclear energy capabilities – minister    European markets set for cautious open as investors focus on geopolitics, trade    Egypt says GERD talks with Ethiopia 'stumbled', next round in Khartoum in October    Egyptian navy rescues tourists aboard yacht adrift in Red Sea    Tutankhamun Opera to debut with inauguration of Grand Egyptian Museum: Zahi Hawass    Egyptian transport start-up Swvl plans IPO in 5-10 years    Egypt court sentence 6 to death for joining terrorist group, manufacturing explosives; 8 acquitted    Trump says US ‘locked and loaded' for a potential response to Saudi oil attack    Brexit will be delayed again when PM Johnson's deal falls: Nigel Farage    Egyptian gov't working to remove trash in Ismailia    'Al-Daheeh' host Ahmed El-Ghandour shortlisted for IBC's first 'Young Pioneer' award    Egypt's Zamalek suffer surprise 2-1 defeat at Senegal's Generation Foot    Egypt's Sisi discusses education, terrorism at national youth conference    Sisi to open 8th edition of the National Youth Conference Saturday    Spotify buys music production marketplace SoundBetter    Egypt's Ahly striker Amr Gamal joins Talae El-Geish for 2 seasons    Egypt's PM discusses details of Al-Hussein Mosque renovation    Egypt's Baron Empain Palace to be reopen after renovation    Court sentences six to death, 41 to lifetime imprisonment violence related case    Trump says he would release Mideast peace plan after Israeli elections    NBE announces EGP 2.5m prizes for handball youth teams for their world achievements    ACWA Power compares 3 bids to supply production units for Luxor power station    What do you know about gold alloying?    Jennifer Lopez evokes Egyptian outrage post her North Coast performance    Cairo's historic Tahrir square to be renovated – PM    Al-Sisi honours Egypt's scholars on Science Day    IS claims responsibility for suicide bombing killing 63 in Afghan wedding    Political parties gear up for parliamentary, senate, local elections    Unprecedented Glory: Egypt win Men's U-19 World Handball Championship    12th National Egyptian Theatre Festival fuel up public theatre art scene    Ministry of Environment has a plan for "black clouds season"    







Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.





Nations Cup serves up old-school refereeing
Published in Ahram Online on 04 - 07 - 2019

The Africa Cup of Nations, with VAR only due to be introduced in the quarter-finals, has offered a trip back to the old days of refereeing with some crunching tackles allowed and an absence of contentious handball penalties.
The absence of the VAR system has led to a different style of officiating than seen in the Champions League, the Nations League and the women's World Cup.
In contrast to those competitions, where the merest hint of contact or the most innocuous-looking handball can lead to a match-deciding penalty, AFCON referees have given defenders more leeway and generally greeted theatricals with disdain.
They have often avoided penalties that might have been awarded in other parts of the world, as Wilfried Zaha found out in Ivory Coast's 4-1 win over Namibia.
The Premier League-based player went down following a challenge by Larry Horaeb and made the most of it, but unimpressed referee Peter Waweru of Kenya waved play on.
Similarly, Senegal forward Sadio Mane was denied a penalty when he was sandwiched between Algeria defenders -- a decision which would almost certainly have gone in his favour if he had been playing for Liverpool in the Premier League or Champions League.
Of the eight penalties awarded in the 36 group matches, all were for obvious fouls and none were for handball.
There has been a general absence of theatrical behaviour by the players who have generally avoided going to ground at the slightest contact.
Apart from a few exceptions, the tournament has also been happily free of the so-called "mobbing" of referees, where players bully the official by surrounding him, shouting and gesticulating.
An unhappy side-effect, however, is that, with referees producing yellow cards for only the roughest of tackles, the foul count has been very high.
Teams have been able to use so-called tactical fouling in midfield to disrupt their opponents' rhythm and prevent them stringing passes together.
Algeria, who won their group without conceding a goal, clocked up a remarkable 28 fouls in their 1-0 win over Senegal, yet received only two yellow cards. Senegal also received two yellows for 18 fouls in a stop-start match.
Cameroon's 0-0 draw with Ghana produced 28 fouls but only one yellow card, Ghana's 2-0 win over Guinea Bissau featured 44 free kicks as did Morocco's 1-0 win over Ivory Coast -- 27 of them from Morocco -- but only two bookings.
Eccentric decisions
There have been eccentric decisions such as the sending-off of Ghana defender John Boye against Benin -- one of only three red cards in the group stage.
Already booked, Boye stepped up to take a free kick inside his own half, moved away to let goalkeeper Richard Ofori take it and was given a second yellow card by Youssef Essrayri of Tunisia.
Still, there has barely been a post-match interview or news conference where refereeing has been the main issue and it will be intriguing to see what happens when VAR comes into play especially given the Confederation of African Football's (CAF) unhappy recent experience with the new technology.
In the second leg of the CAF Champions League final last month, Moroccan side Wydad Casablanca refused to play on against Tunisia's Esperance after having a goal disallowed and walked off the pitch when the decision was not referred to the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).
Esperance were immediately declared champions but CAF later backtracked and awarded a replay which has yet to take place.
In the meantime, participants seem happy with what they have got. "When we come to different parts of the world, it's exactly what we like," said Cameroon coach Clarence Seedorf after the Ghana match. "To be diverse, and not expect the same thing in every country."
(For more sports news and updates, follow Ahram Online Sports on Twitter at @AO_Sports and on Facebook at AhramOnlineSports.)


Clic here to read the story from its source.