The referee at the center of the chaos at the Africa Cup of Nations was suspended over corruption allegations three years ago.
Janny Sikazwe blew up full time after 85 minutes in Mali’s clash with Tunisia.
But the game restarted when he denied a VAR red card review and then ended the game again 20 seconds before the 90 minute mark.
Sikazwe, who gave two controversial punishments, then need security to protect him when he leaves the field Before further drama saw Mali appear one more time to close the match but Tunisia never reappeared.
Now that it has surfaced, the Afcon incident is not the first time the referee’s performance has attracted widespread attention.
The Daily mail reported that the Zambian official was banned by Caf – the governing body of African football – after the Africa Champions League semi-final between Esperance and Primiero Agosto.
Esperance won the match 4-2 on the night of October 2018.
But their opening goal came from a questionable penalty taken by Sikazwe.
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And Agosto was left dumbfounded when they had a goal of their own for an alleged foul on the opposing keeper.
Sikazwe was investigated and appropriately punished for his performance.
The Caf Disciplinary Panel ruled: “The Chairman of the Café Disciplinary Panel decided that there were legitimate grounds to hold a hearing on the corruption allegations against Mr. Janny Sikazwe.
“Mr Janny Sikazwe has been temporarily suspended from all football-related activities in the Café pending a hearing before the Caf Disciplinary Committee.”
The ban went into effect in November 2018 but was lifted by Fifa two months later.
Just four months before his fateful nightmare in the Champions League, Sikazwe had already started two World Cup matches in Russia.
The teacher concurrently refereed the match Belgium vs Panama on June 18 and then Japan vs Poland ten days later.
RELIEF by RAMOS
Controversy also prevailed when Sikazwe was in the middle for the 2016 Club World Cup final between Real Madrid and Kashima Antlers.
When Sergio Ramos took down an opponent who had already received a yellow card, the Zambian received a second yellow card and called the Galacticos captain instead.
But then he put his hands in his pockets and strangely didn’t send Ramos off.
Sikazwe later said the decision was due to misinformation and when he misheard his assistant through the headset, thinking he called the card when he actually said ‘sorry, no card’.
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