Tunisian referee Slim Jedidi has angrily lashed out as suggestions that he was bribed by Ghana at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations insisting he has not been suspended by CAF.
Jedidi was accused of favouring Ghana in the game which resulted in the sending off of Burkinabe attacker Jonathan Pitriopa, a decision later reversed by CAF.
He was also accused of giving the Black Stars a soft penalty when Christian Atsu was adjudged to have been fouled by the Burkina defender.
However, the Ghanaians also accused him of favouring the Burkinabes after he twice neglected calls for Stallions defender Koffi Mohammed to be sent off for brutally attacking striker Asamoah Gyan.
The match official, who drew wide criticisms, for his below par handling of the semi-final between Ghana and Burkina Faso, was speaking for the first time since his woeful performance in South Africa.
Jedidi had gone into hiding with his family after the performance drew huge attraction from the media chasing him to know why he performed soo poorly in the game.
In the wake of his performance in the match he was reported to have been suspended by CAF, a report the Tunisian match official has denied.
He has now broken his silence in Tunis admitting that he made many ‘human’ errors in the game but rejected reports he has been suspended by Caf.
“I made mistakes during that game. I don’t know how and why but I later realised I committed lots of blunders. I did not see things I was supposed to see and I misinterpreted a number of decisions,” Jedidi said.
“I’m very sorry and I wish to express my apology to all those affected by my substandard conduct during that meeting. However, I have moved past that event and trying to focus on something else.”
He rejected claims that he was bribed by Ghana insisting that the errors he made during the game were not motivated by any influence fro anyone.
“Those reports are baseless. I did not meet or take money from any Ghanaian representatives. All what happened on the pitch was mistakes and that’s human,” he said.
“Everybody makes mistakes. I took charge of other games before that fateful one and that’s an indication of Caf’s trust on me,” he said.