Football

Boring final? Scrap it says President

Few things in football disappoint more than a boring cup final.

We’ve been there before.

All the excitement in the days leading up to it finally climaxes in the form of 90 minutes of dreary stuff, and there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it but to watch the nightmare unfold before your eyes.

Not unless you are the president of Mauritania, of course.

FC Tevragh Zeina and ACS Ksar were fighting it out in the country’s Super Cup final last weekend.

President of Mauritania, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, apparently wasn’t too pleased with what he was seeing.

So, in the 63rd minute, with the game tied at 1-1, he reportedly took matters into his own hands — by ending the game for it to go straight into a penalty shoot-out.

The nation’s footballing body is denying the accusation though.

Said the Mauritanian federation’s president, Ahmed Ould Abderrahmane, in a statement: “I deny in the strongest terms the intervention of the President of the Republic. The decision was made due to organisational issues in accordance with the presidents and the coaches of the two teams.”

Oh, by the way, Tevragh Zeina went on to win the shoot-out.

Sources: Gazzettaworld, Guardian
 

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