The Committee made its decision based on the referee's inability to maintain control of the game, which saw aggressive behaviour from the players, some of whom attempted to physically assault the official.
CAF Referee Suspended After Chaotic Afcon Quarterfinal
The CAF Referees Committee has decided to suspend referee Seechurn Rajindrapasard for his poor performance during the 2015 Afcon clash between Tunisia and Equatorial Guinea on 31 January.
Tunisian players also invaded the pitch after the final whistle and vandalised the dressing room. These regrettable actions were also addressed by the Committee.
Hence the Referees Committee decided:
- To end the mission of Seechurn Rajindrapasard as a referee for the Orange AFCON 2015
- To suspend him for a period of six (6) months for poor performance
- To delist him from the CAF “A” Elite Referees panel.
The following decisions were taken against the respective parties, Tunisia and Equatorial Guinea:
Tunisian Football Federation
Based on Articles 82, 83, 125 and 133 of the Disciplinary Code of CAF, the Disciplinary Jury of CAF:
- Asked the Equatorial Guinean party to estimate the cost of repairing the damage caused by the Tunisian party at the stadium in Bata and CAF will provide this amount to the Tunisian Federation to cover it.
- Condemned the conduct of Mr. Wadie Jary, president of the Tunisian Football Federation and member of the Organising Committee of the AFCON.
- Imposed on the Tunisian Federation a fine of US$ 50,000 (Fifty Thousand United States Dollars) for the insolent, aggressive and unacceptable behavior of the players and officials of the Tunisian team during the aforementioned game.
- Instructed the Tunisian Federation to send to CAF before February 5th at midnight, a letter of apology for the insinuations of bias and lack of ethics against CAF and its officials, or to present irrefutable evidence to substantiate the accusations of the FTF.
Should the Federation not send this letter of apology or required evidence before the stated deadline, the disciplinary panel would suggest to the Executive Committee of CAF additional sanctions, including the possibility not to accept the participation of the national team of Tunisia in the next edition of Cup of Nations, AFCON, 2017.
Equatorial Guinean Football Federation
Considering the pitch invasion by some Equatoguinean fans and the lack of security measures observed, and based on Article 151 para 2 of the CAF Disciplinary Code, the Disciplinary Jury of CAF imposed a financial penalty of US$5,000 (Five Thousand US Dollars) on FEGUIFUT, and asked them to ensure that all security arrangements are taken to ensure the smooth running of the matches of the semifinals and finals of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations in 2015.