Tunisia make formal apology to avoid Africa Cup of Nations ban
Last Updated: 31/03/15 3:55pm
The Confederation of African Football has rejected an appeal by Tunisia against a £34,000 fine for violent conduct by its players at the African Cup of Nations.
Tunisia avoided a ban from the next edition of the tournament after the CAF said the Tunisian Football Federation had made a "a formal apology" for accusing the African football body of bias.
On January 31, Tunisia were knocked out of the competition by hosts Equatorial Guinea at the quarter-final stage, a game which ended in ugly scenes as referee Rajindraparsad Seechurn was angrily confronted by Tunisia players.
The Mauritian official had awarded a controversial penalty against Tunisia in stoppage time, allowing Equatorial Guinea to equalise and later win in extra time.
Seechurn was later suspended for six months for a 'poor performance' while the TFF was fined and ordered to formally apologise for suggestions of bias against the governing body.
They had until March 31 to make that apology or face expulsion from the next staging of the event in 2017.
Tunisia boss Wadie Jary resigned from his position in the CAF after the game and the TFF filed an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport
This appeal has been rejected, but the county’s football federation apologised before any further sanctions were imposed against them.