Congo's Le Roy criticises refereeing after stunning defeat

Claude le Roy
Congo's coach Claude le Roy reacts during their quarter-final soccer match of the 2015 African Cup of Nations against Democratic Republic of Congo in Bata (Photo: Reuters)
AFP
Saturday 31 Jan 2015
467 Views
Claude Le Roy hit out at the match officials after Congo Brazzaville's 4-2 defeat to neighbours DR Congo in the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals in Bata on Saturday.

The Red Devils were 2-0 up through goals by Ferebory Dore and Thievy Bifouma only to crumble in the last 25 minutes and lose 4-2 to their rivals from over the Congo River.

Veteran Frenchman Le Roy described it as the "biggest disappointment" in his eight appearances at the competition and was unhappy with the assistant referee after Congo conceded a goal when forced to play with only 10 men on the field.

"The assistant referee delayed our substitution after one of my players was injured and we wanted to replace him and it was at that time that they got one of their goals," said Le Roy.

"So we played 10 against 11 and that was when we conceded a goal because an official was not diligent enough.

"It's football and, except for this big mistake by the assistant referee, the refereeing has been very good since the start of the competition," he added.

"Probably this is my biggest disappointment.

"When you are leading 2-0, it is not finished. We have always known that DR Congo have huge potential.

"When we were 2-0 up, we were not far from the dream. But we became euphoric after we scored our second goal and we also lacked a little bit of experience at this level."

(For more sports news and updates, follow Ahram Online Sports on Twitter at @AO_Sports and on Facebook at AhramOnlineSports.)

 


Search Keywords:

 

Add Comment
Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment
Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.