Algeria’s football federation (FAF) has requested that the second leg of their 2022 World Cup play-off against Cameroon be replayed amid complaints about refereeing decisions.
The North Africans were eliminated on away goals after a 2-1 defeat after extra time in Blida on Tuesday, with Cameroon forward Karl Toko Ekambi scoring the winner in the 124th minute.
An FAF statement said it had lodged an appeal with world governing body Fifa, citing “scandalous arbitration” which “distorted the result”.
Algeria striker Islam Slimani had a second-half goal ruled out for offside when the score was 1-0 to Cameroon, and Slimani then had another effort chalked off in the first half of extra time.
Gambian referee Bakary Gassama initially awarded a goal in the 98th minute, but subsequently disallowed Slimani’s effort for handball after an intervention from the video assistant referee and a check on his pitchside monitor.
“The FAF is determined to use all legally permitted means to have its rights restored and to replay the match under conditions guaranteeing the honesty and partiality of the referee,” a statement on the FAF website said.
“The FAF also requests the opening of an investigation by Fifa bodies to shed light on the arbitration of the Algeria-Cameroon match.”