Referee in Big Trouble for Taking Selfie With Sadio Mane After Senegal AFCON Victory

Referee in Big Trouble for Taking Selfie With Sadio Mane After Senegal AFCON Victory

Isaac Darko
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:55 PM
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  • The career of Africa Cup of Nations referee Victor Gomes may be over after he took a selfie with Liverpool star Sadio Mane
  • Ex-FIFA official Keith Hackett says it is 'unacceptable' for a referee to take a photo with a footballer
  • Teranga Lions of Senegal defeated Egypt 4-2 on penalties to become the newly-crowned champions in Africa

The career of a match official may come to an end after he was pictured taking a selfie with Senegal hero Sadio Mane.

Selfie gone wrong: Referee faces ban from CAF for taking picture with Mane
Referee Victor Gomes officiated the final between Senegal and Egypt
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Mane scored the decisive penalty to help Senegal defeat Egypt 4-2 on penalties in the finals of the Africa Cup on Nations (AFCON) on Sunday.

The Teranga Lions followed their famous trumph with wild celebrations, however one action spotted during the celebration seems to have caused some controversy.

A referee was seen posing for selfies with Liverpool's Mane who converted the last kick in the shootout to hand victory for his country.

Another referee standing alongside him was also seen taking a picture with the 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.

Sadio Mane Wakes up With AFCON 2021 Trophy Beside Him

Earlier, SportsBrief reported that Sadio Mane posted an adorable photo of himself waking up in his hotel room in Cameroon on Monday morning, February 7, with the African Cup of Nations trophy and his medal.

The Liverpool striker scored the decisive penalty kick on Sunday night, February 6, which gave the Senegalese team the AFCON 2021 title beating seven-time champions Egypt.

Egypt started their campaign at the just concluded 2021 African Cup of Nations on a losing note against the Super Eagles of Nigeria, but they bounced back winning their subsequent games before reaching the final.

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Isaac Darko is a La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga editor at Sports Brief with a Degree in Journalism and Communications from Ghana Institute of Journalism (2010)