President of the Tunisian Football Federation (FTF), Mr. Wadie Jary, has been suspended from the Confederation of African Football (Caf) with immediate effect until he apologise or back his claims of “bias” against the Carthage Eagles with genuine evidence.
Mr Wadie publically criticised Caf and match official Seechurn Rajindrapasard following Tunisia’s ouster from the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) at the expense of host nations Equatorial Guinea amidst poor officiating.
Caf had in a previous sitting ordered the FTF to pay a fine of US$50, 000 (£33,000) over the unruly conduct of its players at the end of last week’s 2-1 defeat by Equatorial Guinea. Disgruntled Tunisian substitute players invaded the pitch, insulted and tried to engage referee Seechurn, after he awarded a controversial stoppage-time penalty to the Equatoguineans.
Tunisia football boss Wadie resigned from Caf in protest after his country’s elimination. FTF wrote two letters to the Caf “insinuating” the continental body and its officials were responsible for their elimination as a result of “questionable and biased” officiating.
A Caf statement read: “The AFCON Organising Committee decided to suspend with immediate effect the President of the Tunisian Football Federation, Mr. Wadie Jary, from all activities related to CAF until he submitted a letter of apology or presented a letter with irrefutable, tangible evidence to substantiate claims of CAF bias against the Tunisian team.”
The FTF now has from now until March 31 “to comply with the recommendations of the Disciplinary Panel and the organising committee” or risk disqualification from the 2017 tournament.