Chaos hit the final minutes of Cote d’Ivoire’s match with Ethiopia yesterday, in the qualifiers for the African Nations Cup, after referee Charles Polo collapsed and fell to the ground in a coma, to be transported on a stretcher outside the stadium, and then to the hospital.
The task of managing the last ten minutes was assigned to the Kenyan assistant referee Gilbert Cherriot, because the fourth referee was unable to take over the responsibility of managing the match, being from Côte d’Ivoire, knowing that Polo had been escalated to manage the match, after the result of the examination of the main referee chosen to manage the match was positive Coronavirus.
It is worth noting that the match ended with a 3-1 victory for Côte d’Ivoire, and the result did not affect the future of the two teams in the qualifiers, after both Côte d’Ivoire and Ethiopia decided to qualify for the African Nations Cup in Cameroon 2022.
– Sports statement (@AlBayanSports) March 31, 2021
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