World Cup: Canada fans FUME at ref Janny Sikazwe after failure to give penalties
‘How is she allowed to referee?’: Canada fans SMOKE on Janny Sikazwe after she failed to give them TWO ‘clear’ penalties in World Cup clash with Belgium… 10 months after she sparked huge outcry controversy in AFCON when trying to finish the game in 85 minutes
Canada fans were furious as they officiated in the first 45 minutes of their first World Cup match in 36 years.
Supporters criticized referee Janny Sikazwe after he failed to award them two ‘clear’ penalties after Alphonso Davies missed a spot kick in the ninth minute of their Group F match against Belgium.
The furor comes just 10 months after Sikazwe played full-time in Tunisia’s AFCON clash against Mali after just 85 minutes.
Canada received a penalty early on for a handball by Yannick Carrasco that was saved by Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, but fans and pundits believe they should have had at least one more PK.
Belgian Eden Hazard returned the ball to defender Jan Vertonghen in his own box, but it was loose and fell to Canadian Tajon Buchanan.
Canadian Tajon Buchanan was brought down in the penalty area, but was ruled to be offside.
However, Belgium’s Eden Hazard returned the pass, so the offside should not have been called.
The full-back was then brought down by the centre-back, but the linesman raised the offside flag. Referee Sikazwe then blew his whistle for offside.
When Hazard played the ball, Buchanan should not have been judged offside.
Fox Sports pundit Stuart Holden said: “The referee and VAR missed the call not to back down.” Canada should have a second penalty.
While fellow pundit Alexi Lalas added: ‘That was ridiculous. It’s unbelievable that they are losing this game.
Fans and pundits believe that Canada should have had at least one more PK against Belgium
One Twitter account read: ‘Canada stole another penalty from the referee. The linesman ruled offside when Hazard passed the ball.
One fan added: ‘Canada’s next penalty was not given…why would I expect anything else? Another said: ‘This referee is so bad, how is he allowed to referee after AFCON?’
Fox’s expert referee, former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg, said the error was made by the video assistant referee (VAR).
“VAR human error and Canada should have had a second penalty,” he said at halftime.
Later in the first half, Canada’s Richie Laryea went down in the box under pressure from Axel Witsel.
Later in the first half, Richie Laryea went down in the box under pressure from Axel Witsel, but Sikazwe or VAR thought it was a foul.
Sportsmail columnist Oliver Holt wrote on Twitter: Canada were unlucky to be behind at half-time here. They beat Belgium in that first half. He awarded a penalty and missed it. I should have had another two penalties but none given. Belgium has been horrible.
Another fan added about the incident involving Buchanan: ‘This was not a call against Canada for a penalty. What the hell are we doing here?
One more said on social media: ‘Canada was robbed of two clear penalties and now it’s 1-0 to Belgium.’
Canada fell behind with a Michy Batshuayi goal in the 44th minute and that lone goal proved to be the difference in the Group F clash on Wednesday.
Sportsmail columnist Oliver Holt agreed that Canada should have a total of three sanctions.
In January, fans called the Africa Cup of Nations tournament “a disaster” and “shameful” after the clash between Tunisia and Mali descended into chaos.
Sikazwe blew the final whistle after just 85 minutes before play was restarted, but it was then blown again just 89 minutes 43 seconds into the Group F clash.
The ridiculous scenes created quite a stir on social media with fans confused as to what happened, with some criticizing the AFCON tournament.
Sikazwe is escorted off the pitch after blowing the full-time whistle twice in Tunisia’s AFCON clash with Mali in January.
REVEALED: THE REFEREE AT THE CENTER OF THE AFCON CHAOS BETWEEN MALI AND TUNISIA
The referee at the center of the chaos in the Africa Cup of Nations match between Mali and Tunisia was suspended over corruption allegations in 2018.
Janny Sikazwe blew the final whistle in the 85th minute of the match between the two teams before restarting play, declining a VAR review of a red card, and then ending the match 20 seconds early once more.
He had to be escorted off the field of play after the end of the match. Mali won the match 1-0.
But four years ago, CAF suspended Sikazwe on suspicions of corruption after the way it handled an African Champions League match between Esperance and Primiero Agosto.
Esperance beat Rades 4-2, but Sikazwe awarded them a controversial penalty for their opening goal, before ruling out an Agosto goal for a perceived foul on Esperance’s goalkeeper.
The CAF Disciplinary Board ruling at the time stated: ‘The Chairman of the CAF Disciplinary Board decides that there are good reasons to hold a hearing on the corruption allegations against Mr. Janny Sikazwe.
“Mr. Janny Sikazwe is provisionally suspended from all Caf-related football activities pending a hearing before the Caf Disciplinary Board.”
He officiated two games at the 2018 World Cup: Belgium vs. Panama and Japan vs. Poland.