VIDEO: Tunisia vs Mali chaos as referee Blows twice blows early for full-time

Mali won the match 1-0 but it descended into chaos towards the end.

Firstly, the referee Janny Sikazwe tried to blow for full-time in the 85th-minute.

Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe ended the game between Tunisia and Mali on the 85th minute, then restarted the game and blew it again in the 89th minute.

He soon realised his mistake and the play restarted.

When it did, he harshly sent off Mali’s El Bilal Toure for a strong tackle. Despite VAR calling him over to take a second look, he stuck to his original decision.

Then, Sikazwe blew for full-time 20 seconds before the 90 minutes were up.

That’s despite two lengthy VAR checks during the second half – the first of which was to award Tunisia a penalty, which Wahbi Khazri missed.

Unsurprisingly, Tunisia were absolutely furious with the referee at full-time.

We can only assume the referee forgot to stop his watch during the water break and completely lost track of time. Surely the fourth official or one of his assistants could have helped him out, though.

As it turned out, Ibrahima Kone’s 48th-minute penalty was the only goal of the match.

Tunisia were given the perfect opportunity to equalise with a penalty of their own with 13 minutes remaining but Khazri missed from 12 yards.

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