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FIFA reject Algeria's call to replay World Cup play-off

FILE - The logo of soccer's international governing body FIFA is seen on its headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. Photo: Ruben Sprich/Reuters

FILE - The logo of soccer's international governing body FIFA is seen on its headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. Photo: Ruben Sprich/Reuters

Published May 7, 2022

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Algiers — Algeria's desperate bid to have their World Cup play-off with Cameroon replayed has been rejected by the competition organisers FIFA, the Algerian Football Federation said Saturday.

Algeria won the first leg of the play-off 1-0 in March but were beaten 2-1 in the return leg to miss out on one of the five berths at the finals for African nations.

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The Algerian federation claimed the refereeing of the second tie by Gambian Bakary Gassama was "scandalous" while the FIFA referees committee rejected this view.

"The referees decisions had no negative influence," FIFA said.

AFP

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