The referee in an African Cup of Nations qualifier collapsed and was stretchered off the sector, ensuing within the sport between Ivory Coast and Ethiopia ending with round 10 minutes nonetheless to play.
Referee Charles Bulu of Ghana appeared to develop into disorientated within the 81st minute of the Group Okay sport at Stade Olympique Alassane Ouattara in Abidjan on Tuesday.
With Bulu staggering, involved Ivorian gamers held him up by his arms for a short time as others known as for medics. Bulu was being helped towards the sideline when he abruptly slumped down and lay on his again together with his eyes closed.
He was handled by medics and brought off on the stretcher, though he was acutely aware when he was carried off. Stories say he had fainted.
The sport was known as off with Ivory Coast main Three-1 as a result of the fourth official on the sport was Ivorian and unable to take cost. After discussions on the sector between officers that lasted about 10 minutes, Kenyan assistant referee Gilbert Cheruiyot took over as referee however ended the sport with none extra play.
It is unclear if the outcome will stand. The Ethiopian Soccer Federation mentioned in a press release that the sport had been cancelled pending a call by the Confederation of African Soccer.
Nevertheless, the outcome will not matter as Ivory Coast and Ethiopia each certified for the African Cup subsequent yr in Cameroon anyway. Ivory Coast had already certified and Ethiopia went by way of when Madagascar drew Zero-Zero with Niger within the group’s different sport on Tuesday.
(With inputs from AP.)