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The Algerian Football Federation said yesterday, Wednesday, that coach Djamel Belmadi had not brought any accusation against the Cameroon Federation during his interview with the Federation channel on YouTube earlier this week.
Algeria was on the cusp of reaching the 2022 World Cup finals before conceding a goal in the last seconds of extra time, losing 2-1 at home on March 29 against Cameroon, which snatched the card to appear in Qatar thanks to the away goal rule.
Samuel Eto’o, president of the Cameroon Federation, announced that he had filed a complaint with the FIFA Integrity Committee regarding Belmadi’s statements about Bakary Gassama, the referee of the second leg, which he considered offensive to the referee.
The Algerian Federation responded in a statement signed by its president, Charrafeddine Amara, “Neither the Algerian Federation nor the national coach Djamel Belmadi mentioned or accused the Cameroon Football Federation.” “Belmadi spoke in his dialogue about some referees who negatively affect the course of the meetings, including the referee who managed the return match between Algeria and Cameroon.”
The Algerian Federation had submitted a complaint to FIFA about what it called “blatant arbitration” after “unfair” decisions by Gambian referee Gassama in the return match.
The statement indicated that the Algerian Federation used its legitimate right to defend its interests.
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