Jedidi denies Caf suspension
Tunisian referee Slim Jedidi has denied reports claiming he has been suspended by the Confederation of African Football, Caf.
In the wake of his poor officiating of the 2013 Afcon semi final game between Ghana and Burkina Faso, Caf declared the Jedidi had been imposed an undetermined suspension.
However, the Tunisian who had gone into his shadows since then has broken the silence by claiming he is unaware of any suspension.
“Suspension? I think they are just rumours, I have never been suspended and I don’t think I will ever be,” he told pressmen on Tuesday in Tunisia.
“I handled difficult matches during the competition (Afon), notably the semi final which was a very difficult one, that means they (Caf) had confidence in me. And that confidence hasn’t disappeared just after one match. I have been in contention for a place at the world cup, and I still remain in contention. I don’t think that has changed anything,” he said.
He however admitted the fact that he made several mistakes during the semi finals which saw Burkina Faso progress to the final after a dramatic penalty shoot out exercise.
I made mistakes during that game. I don’t know how and why but I later realised I committed lots of blunder. I did not see things I was supposed to see and I misinterpreted a number of decisions,” Jedidi said after emerging from his hideout, where he went with his family to avoid the media.
“I’m very sorry and I wish to express my apology to all those affected by my substandard conduct during that meeting. However, I have moved past that event and trying to focus on something else.”
The Tunisian denied any allegations of receiving brobes from any Ghanaian official, citing such reports as rubbish.
“Those reports are baseless. I did not meet or take money from any Ghanaian representatives. All what happened on the pitch was mistakes and that’s human. Everybody makes mistakes. I took charge of other games before that fateful one and that’s an indication of Caf’s trust on me,” he said.
Slim Jedidi was the “unexpected hero ” of the Ghana vs Burkina Faso semi final when he handed the Black Stars a debatable penalty, ruling a Burkina Faso goal which analysts say could have stood, before controversially sending off Jonathan Pitroipa for diving-though replays showed the electric winger had been brought down in the box.
Burkina Faso however progressed to the final on penalties where they eventually lost to Nigeria.