Football fans call on Africa to boycott World Cup

Football fans call on Africa to boycott World Cup

Football fans call on Africa to boycott World Cup

Federation Internationale de Football Association said it had no plans to change its fair play criteria that allowed Japan to qualify for the last 16 of the World Cup at the expense of Senegal in controversial circumstances.

Fair play points are being used to settle groups for the first time at a World Cup, with Japan and Senegal finishing with the same number of points and identical goal difference and goals scored tallies.

The standout last-16 tie on paper pits France against Lionel Messi and Argentina, two teams who laboured through the group stage - in Argentina's case they were lucky to advance at all. We would have preferred to be eliminated in another way, it's a pity for us but this is how it works.

"I can not confirm or deny anything, we'll have to wait and see".

"This is the law of football", Cisse told a news conference.

Colombia topped their group by beating Poland and Senegal despite losing to Japan in their opener. The equations change. At this point, Senegal went top of the group with five points while Colombia and Japan were on four points.

Although Japan ran the risk of Senegal scoring in their match, no goal materialised and Japan advanced to the round of 16 in spite of their poor sportsmanship.

While the fair play tiebreaker is far from ideal, it's likely better than what would have been the case had Senegal and Japan also been tied on yellow cards - the final remaining tiebreaker that Federation Internationale de Football Association has, in that case, is the drawing of lots.

"They are both world-class teams", said Nishino.

A teacher, Mrs Rita Oge-Ali, however, said that the problem of African teams at the World Cup went beyond biased officiating.

"What we're trying to do now is think about what we need to do going forward". It's a sad for us but we knew these were the regulations. "These incidents (Rodriguez injury) can give you a very hard time so what we did was very extraordinary, especially when you think about the team we were playing".

Much as all hopes were on Senegal, to see if they could replicate what they produced in the Japan/Korea 2002 edition in which they reached the knockout stage after even helping to oust the champions France, other fans believe this was an inexperienced side.

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