State president orders penalties in 63rd minute

BG REPORTER
Thursday, 03 December 2015
State president orders penalties in 63rd minute

The president of Mauritania reportedly ordered the country’s cup final to go to a penalty shootout in the 63rd minute – because he was getting bored with the match. Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, who presides over the North African country was present at the Super Cup match between FC Tevragh-Zeina and ACS Ksar last weekend.

Media reports from the country say Aziz was not enjoying the fixture, and 63 minutes in, with the scores locked at 1-1, he ordered penalties to be taken. Gazzetta claims he was unhappy with the tempo of the match and did not want to risk the fixture going to extra-time and dragging on. Tevragh-Zeina won the match on spot kicks, but Ksar fans were left fuming and since complained to the country’s FA – but their pleas were ignored.

Now the country’s football association has been forced to issue a statement to deny it was the head of state’s decision. The FA president Ahmed Ould Abderrahmme wrote in a statement: “We deny in the strongest terms that the president intervened. The decision was made due ​​to organisational issues in accordance with the presidents and the coaches of the two teams.”

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