The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have allegedly suspended Egyptian referee Ghead Grisha from the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, according to report from South Africa. A top official of CAF was quoted as saying that the referee committee was totally dissatisfied with Grisha's mishandling of the match between Nigeria and Zambia, and as a result suspended the Egyptian from the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. Nonetheless, Grisha stays at the tournament and has been appointed as fourth official for a quarterfinal.
|Egyptian official Ghead Grisha (c) Naji.com|
Furthermore, the official is said to have stated that CAF did not allow anyone to start re-writing the Laws of the Games. Grisha was in charge of the Nigeria vs Zambia Group C second round game on January 25, and awarded an unworthy 86th minute penalty to the defending champions. The resultant penalty saw Zambia equalized and ended the tie in a 1-1 draw.
The Nigeria Football Federation was reported to have officially logged a complain to CAF, and the sack of the Egyptian could have been the outcome of the complaint. Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi and captain on the night Vincent Enyeama both condemned the penalty awarded to Zambia by Grisha.