The career of a match official hangs in the balance after he took a selfie picture with Senegal’s talisman, Sadio Mane in their AFCON title win against Egypt.
The referee was pictured taking a selfie with Senegal hero Sadio Mane and it has since generated a buzz on the internet with many uring for him to be fired.
After Sadio Mane converted his penalty that won Senegal their first ever AFCON title on Sunday, the Teranga Lions followed their famous trumph with wild celebrations.
In the midst of the celebration, a referee was seen posing for selfies with Liverpool’s Mane with another referee standing alongside him also taking a selfie with him.
It is in view of this that 29-year-old, and ex-Premier League and FIFA official Keith Hackett believes this could lead to serious repercussions.
“This is an absolute no-no,” he told Football Insider.
“The stars in football matches are the players. As a referee you have to be seen to be neutral, completely neutral. This action by this referee, an experienced referee, is unacceptable.”
“For me, I would be saying you’re not going to anywhere near that team in the future, albeit at the international level. I would be suggesting that his career might be over.”