Hamari Traore, Kreppin Diatta Handed Heavy Bans After AFCON 2023 Officiating Fiasco

Hamari Traore and Krepin Diatta have received bans from CAF following their conduct at the 2023 AFCON | Imago

Hamari Traore, Kreppin Diatta Handed Heavy Bans After AFCON 2023 Officiating Fiasco

Ayoola Kelechi 21:46 - 19.02.2024

Both players were handed bans for their poor conduct as their countries were knocked out by the AFCON 2023 hosts and eventual champions, Ivory Coast

The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) has been marred by controversy following the conclusion of the tournament, with severe disciplinary actions taken against Mali captain Hamari Traore and Senegal's Krepin Diatta for their conduct during the competition. 

The aftermath of intense matches has led to significant repercussions for both players and their respective football federations.

Hamari Traore's Confrontation and Ban

Hamari Traore, the 32-year-old defender and captain of Mali, has been handed a four-match ban by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for unsporting conduct towards a referee. This decision comes after Traore was sent off following Mali's quarter-final defeat to Ivory Coast on February 3rd. 

Mali captain Hamari Traore | Imago
Mali captain Hamari Traore | Imago

The incident saw Traore engaging in a heated confrontation with Egyptian referee Mohamed Adel, resulting in both the player and the official pushing each other. As a consequence of his actions, half of Traore's ban will be suspended for a year.

In addition to Traore's personal punishment, the Mali football federation has been fined $10,000 due to the unsporting behavior exhibited by its players towards the match official. This penalty underscores the serious stance taken by CAF against misconduct and the importance of maintaining respect for officials in the sport.

The Ivory Coast football federation has also faced financial repercussions, being fined $5,000 for misconduct by their team in the same incident. 

 Kreppin Diatta's Remarks and Sanctions

The controversy extended beyond the Mali-Ivory Coast fixture, with Senegal's Krepin Diatta facing a four-match ban and a $10,000 fine for bringing CAF into disrepute. 

Senegal's Krepin Diatta | Imago
Senegal's Krepin Diatta | Imago

Diatta's comments following Senegal's penalty shootout defeat to Ivory Coast in the last 16 were deemed inappropriate, resulting in two matches of his ban being suspended for a year. The Senegalese federation was additionally fined $5,000 for the misconduct of its players.

The officiating fiasco and subsequent disciplinary actions taken against Hamari Traore and Kreppin Diatta have cast a shadow over the 2023 AFCON. These severe bans and fines serve as a stark reminder of the expectations placed on players and federations to uphold the principles of sportsmanship and respect within the game. As the dust settles on this year's tournament, the lessons learned from these incidents will hopefully lead to improved conduct in future competitions.

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