Mr Penalty Strikes Again, Fans Debate Victor Gomes’ Penalty Decision During Senegal and Equatorial Guinea Game

Mr Penalty Strikes Again, Fans Debate Victor Gomes’ Penalty Decision During Senegal and Equatorial Guinea Game

Byron Pillay
January 31, 2022 at 10:18 AM
  • Victor Gomes reminded many why he is called Mr Penalty when he awarded a penalty and then reversed the decision minutes later
  • Gomes gave Equatorial Guinea a penalty but changed his mind after consulting with the Video Assistant Referee
  • Fans have debated the matter on social media, questioning whether Victor Gomes made the right decision

Victor Gomes has earned himself the nickname of Mr Penalty because of the number of spot-kicks he gives, and the South African found himself at the centre of a penalty debate following another penalty incident.

Gomes was officiating the AFCON clash between Senegal and Equatorial Guinea, a game Senegal won 3-1.

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Fans are still debating whether Victor Gomes was right to overturn a penalty decision during the Senegal vs Equatorial Guinea clash. Image: Kenzo Tribouillard
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Senegal will now face Burkina Faso in the semi-finals, Sport24 reported.

In the second half, with Senegal leading 1-0, Gomes awarded Equatorial Guinea a penalty after the ball hit Kalidou Koulibaly on the hand in the box, BBC reported. After consulting with VAR, Gomes reversed the decision, much to the confusion of commentators and the Equatorial Guinea team.

Twitter has been left confused as well with many debating whether he made the right decision or not.


"South African referee Victor Gomes saves Senegal’s blushes by overturning his penalty decision after VAR check. Irony, given recent history."


"Ask us Kaizer Chiefs fans about that referee, Victor Gomes. We'll tell you how controversial he is. #SENEQG"


"No that can't be a penalty, Victor Gomes?"


"Ball to hand, according to Victor Gomes. I'm inclined to agree with him, though."


"That's literally how Victor Gomes rob PSL teams every week by the way. Poor referee."

South Africa's Victor Gomes And Senegal's Maguette Ndiaye Receive Crunch African Cup of Nations Quarterfinals

In other AFCON news, two of Africa's most controversial referees at the moment officiated crunch 2021 African Cup of Nations quarterfinal games that took place this weekend, Sports Brief earlier reported.

South Africa's Victor 'Mr Penalty' Gomes and Senegalese Maguette Ndiaye will blow the whistle as the last eight remaining teams look forward to slugging it out for a spot in the semifinals of AFCON 2021.

Ironically, Gomes has been tasked with handling Ndiaye's countrymen as they lock horns with Equatorial Guinea, as reported in KickOff. Ndiaye will control the potentially explosive north African grudge match between Egypt and Morocco.

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