2023 AFCON champions fined US$5,000 for misconduct

Mali was also fined US$10,000 for swarming referee Mohamed Adel in 2023 AFCON quarterfinals

The CAF disciplinary board has imposed a US$5,000 fine on the  Fédération Ivoirienne de Football (FIF) for the misconduct of its players during the quarterfinal clash against Mali.

The tense encounter took place on 3 February at the Stade de la Paix, culminating in a 2-1 victory for Côte d’Ivoire, marred by controversy. Amid the fervour of the match, three players, including Odilon Kossounou and match-winner Oumar Diakite, received red cards, prompting the CAF disciplinary board to impose sanctions on the FIF.

Kossounou’s expulsion came after receiving two yellow cards in quick succession just before halftime, while Diakite’s jubilant celebration, which involved removing his shirt, resulted in his dismissal due to a prior booking.

The Fédération Malienne de Football (FMF) also incurred a fine of US$10,000 for the misconduct of their players during the same match, as the Eagles players swarmed referee Mohamed Adel after the game, leading to the referee having to be ushered off the pitch and shielded from angry Mali players.

Furthermore, Mali defender Hamari Traore faced consequences for his unsporting behaviour towards the match official. The CAF disciplinary board sanctioned Traore with a four-match suspension, with two matches suspended for a year.

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