SECURITY were forced to race onto the pitch to protect the referee after a series of outrageous blunders during Mali’s 1-0 win over Tunisia.
Match official Janny Sikazwe endured an horrific afternoon as he gave two controversial penalties, a questionable red card and TWICE ended the game early.
Ref Sikazwe twice blew the final whistle early, eventually calling time 15 seconds early, as the Tunisia bench erupted in angerCredit: Sky Sports
Tunisia officials stormed off the bench to confront the match officials after a series of incredible howlersCredit: Sky Sports
Ibrahima Kone scored the winner from the penalty spot to settle the incredible AFCON clash.
But it was the shambolic performance of ref Sikazwe that stole the headlines.
He first awarded a penalty early in the second half after Ellyes Skhiri was deemed to have blocked Boubakar Kouyate’s shot with his arm.
Sikazwe awarded another penalty with just 15 minutes on the clock after Wahbi Khazri’s shot smacked into Moussa Djenepo’s hand.
The ref originally missed the handball and needed VAR to bail him out.
Incredibly, Sikazwe then blew for full time on just 85 minutes – before enraged Tunisia officials pointed out his simply bizarre error.
To make matters worse, he then called for the end of the game early AGAIN.
This time, the ref blew his whistle with 15 seconds of the 90 minutes still to go – ignoring any and all added time too.
The Tunisia bench erupted and stormed the field to angrily protest.
Eventually, security raced onto the pitch to form a protective ring around Sikazwe as things began to take an ugly turn.
With the post-match press conferences well underway, CAF officials stormed in to announce the match would be restarted to complete the final three minutes that were shockingly missed, according to reports.
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