CAIRO – Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi has refused to discuss a remarkable incident where defender Ramy Bensebaini used an opponent's arm to hit himself in the face during their match against Ivory Coast.
Bensebaini can be seen in a video of the incident grabbing Wilfried Zaha's arm and then slapping himself in the face with the Ivorian's hand before falling theatrically to the ground, clutching his head.
Both players had already been booked in the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final but the referee appeared to miss the incident altogether and no free kick was given to either side.
Algeria, who beat Ivory Coast on penalties, face Nigeria in their semi-final on Sunday and, when asked about the incident in a pre-match news confidence, Belmadi said it was the wrong place to talk about it.
"I'm not really sure this is the place to talk about this," he said, to applause from Algerian journalists.