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2021 AFCON Qualifier: Ivory Coast Vs Ethiopia Ends Abruptly As Referee Collapses On Pitch

Ivory Coast Vs Ethiopia final Africa Cup of Nations qualifier was brought to an abrupt 80th minute end after the referee fell ill and collapsed on the pitch.

In a video posted on twitter, Ghanaian referee Charles Bulu is seen slowly walking towards the medical staff while being helped by players before closing his eyes and falling to the ground towards the end of the game.

Bulu was treated on the pitch before being carried off on a stretcher and taken to a local hospital for tests.

According to the report, the official was promoted to the top job after the referee who was originally given the game tested positive for Covid-19. 

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Another official was available but he was Ivorian which means he couldn’t officiate the game for fear of bias.

Hence, all three points were awarded to Ivory Coast who scored three goals through Wolves defender Willy Boly, AC Milan’s Franck Kessie and Wuhan Zall’s Jean Kouassi while Ethiopia scored a 74th minute goal through Getaneh Kebede.

The Elephants of Ivory Coast qualified for the tournament, having topped Group K with 13 points while Walia Ibex of Ethiopia qualified for the finals after finishing second on the group standings.

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