Saleh Bey Abboud: "We want Algeria's grievance file to be studied by the FIFA arbitration committee, not the disputes committee."


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The media official in the Algerian Football Federation (FAF) Salah Bey Abboud confirmed in an interview with France 24 that the federation submitted an appeal to the FIFA arbitration committee in order to study the file of the return match that brought together the “greens” team with its Cameroonian counterpart in the decisive round of the World Cup qualifiers. Qatar 2022, after which he was eliminated from the race. It is scheduled to meet FIFA on Thursday to decide on this file, which was referred to the Disciplinary Committee.

The Algerian Football Federation (FAF) announced on Monday in a statement that, based on the recommendations of its legal advisors, it had submitted a request to the International Football Association (FIFA) requesting an offer. grievance file Which he presented the day after The second leg match between his national team and his Cameroonian counterpart On March 29, 2022, in the decisive round of the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers, the FIFA arbitration committee will be held.

It is strange that this statement came 48 hours before a scheduled meeting in FIFA to study the Algerian file.

Al-Faf said that the motives behind this request are that the file he submitted after his exclusion from the race was based on justifications and technical considerations related to arbitration, which, according to his opinion, calls for study by a specialized body (ie the jury).

In an interview with France 24, the media official in the Algerian Federation, Salah Bey Abboud, confirmed that the decision was taken on the basis of legal advice (as stated in the text of the statement), adding that FIFA had submitted the appeal submitted by Algeria after the match to the Disciplinary Committee. Consequently, Al-Faf decided to “submit the grievance file directly to the arbitration committee, which has the qualifications to study it” because of the specifics that it contains directly related to the arbitration.

The Algerian Federation, according to Salah Bey Abboud, relied on videos and a study carried out by a specialized agency, and it is waiting, as he says, from the international organization to “do it justice”.

Djamel Belmadi’s future?

And the question is will he continue? Jamal Belmadi His career with the “Greens” national team, the media official in the “FAF” indicated that the coach’s contract will expire next December. He added that he hopes “as the Algerian people wish” that Belmadi will continue to supervise the training of Riyad Mahrez’s colleagues.

The Algerian Federation had announced on its website on March 31 that it had filed a complaint with the International Football Association against Gambian referee Bakari Gassama, who administered The Greens match against Cameroon Which was won by “The Lions” 2-1 after extension.

The “FAF” also asked “FIFA” to open an investigation into what happened and to repeat the match that prevented Algeria from qualifying for the World Cup for the fifth time in its history.

The Algerian Federation revealed that it will rely on all means to restore the right of the “national team”, as the Algerians question the eligibility of calculating the first goal of the Cameroonian team, and canceling the goal of Islam Slimani for infiltration (49th minute), as well as the shots in which the “Desert Foxes” demanded to obtain Penalties.

Dramatic match for “The Greens”

The Mustapha Chaker stadium in Blida (east of Algiers) witnessed a dramatic match that saw Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting inaugurate the scoring for Cameroon (22) which imposed an extension at the end of which it seemed that Ahmed Touba’s equalizing goal (118) decided the game for Algeria, but Karl Toko Ekambi scored in the minute 120 + 4 to deliver a stab that will remain stuck for a long time in the minds of Algerians.

Riyad Mahrez and his companions will be absent for the second time in a row from the finals in which they participated four times, while the Cameroonian team will return to participate for the eighth time after 1982, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2010 and 2014.

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