Banned referee for final
Mourad Daami was banned in 2001 for trying to influence a colleague
in BBC SPORTS Football 10/2/06
A Tunisian official, once banned for a year for trying to influence another referee, will take charge of the African Cup of Nations Cup final.
The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has announced that 43-year-old Mourad Daami will officiate the final between Egypt and Ivory Coast in Cairo.
He was banned in 2001 after being found guilty of trying to influence the referee at the 2000 African Champions League final in Ghana between Hearts of Oak and the Tunisian club Esperance.
Daami, who as at the match as a member of Esperance's delegation, entered the referee's change room to try to persuade colleague Robbie Williams of South Africa to call off the match because of rioting by spectators at Accra's National stadium.
Esperance, who were trailing on aggregate, had sought to induce several stoppages during the match in order to get it abandoned and were also later sanctioned by Caf.
Daami's ban was rescinded after nine months and in 2002 he was among the officials at the World Cup finals in Japan and South Korea.
Friday's match will be Daami's second Nations Cup final.
He also looked after the 2000 final in Lagos where Cameroon beat hosts Nigeria after a post-match penalty shootout.
That result was clouded in controversy when television replays showed that Daami had erred in disallowing a kick during the shoot-out by Nigerian Victor Ikpeba.
The ball hit the underside of the crossbar and crossed the line before bouncing out.
The mistake proved decisive as Cameroon won 4-3 on penalties after a 2-2 draw.
Daami's assistants on Friday will be Brahim Djezzar of Algeria and Celestin Ntagungira of Rwanda.
Is it really necessary to play the final?
Why don't they give the trophy already to Mido to lift it?