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3 June 1970 |
|2010 -||Africa Cup of Nations||Referee|
Rajindraparsad Seechurn (born 3 June 1970) is a Mauritian football referee. He started his career in 1996 and reached the first grade for referees in 2001. He is an international referee and has taken charge of matches for the African Federation since 2004. He refereed at the 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
In January 2015, while refereeing the quarter-final match at the Africa Cup of Nations, between host nation Equatorial Guinea and Tunisia, he awarded a penalty to the host nation in injury time, which Javier Balboa converted to cancel out Ahmed Akaïchi’s 70th-minute goal. Balboa then scored a free-kick in the 102nd minute for an unlikely host nation win.
As the hosts celebrated, fights started between the rival players and Seechurn was attacked by furious Tunisian players as he was sped from the field by security officials.
In February 2015, he was banned for six months for his "poor performance" at the tournament. CAF added that the referee's failings included an "unacceptable failure to maintain calm and ensure proper control of the players during the match". Tunisian federation was fined $50,000 (£33,000) and CAF seek an apology from Tunisia for accusations of bias.
- "Football Officials - Referees". FIFA. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
- "Equatorial Guinea victory sparks post-game chaos". The Guardian. February 2015. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
- "African Cup of Nations - Controversy as Equatorial Guinea knock out Tunisia to reach last four". Yahoo UK. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
- "Africa Cup of Nations: Referee banned for six months". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
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