Referee admits mistake, Jonathan Pitroipa set to play in final

Jdidi's admission that he had erred paves the way for the red card to be rescinded and for Pitroipa to take his place in the Burkina Faso side to face Nigeria at Soccer City on Sunday.

updated: February 08, 2013 17:42 IST
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Johannesburg: Burkina Faso's star striker Jonathan Pitroipa, who picked up a red card in Wednesday's semi-final, is set to play in Sunday's Africa Cup of Nations final after all.

For Pitroipa to be able to take part the referee in Wednesday's game had to admit he had made a mistake in booking the player for a second time for diving, something Tunisian Slim Jdidi has now done, CAf president Issa Hayatou said.

"Everyone realised that this referee did not officiate well," Hayatou announced here on Friday.

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