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CAF clears Burkina Faso’s Pitroipa for final

Burkina Faso’s Jonathan Pitroipa was cleared to play in the African Cup of Nations Final after the Confederation of African Football on Friday overturned a decision by a now-suspended referee to send him off in the semifinals for diving.

Africa’s ruling football body agreed with a protest by the Burkina Faso team and the recommendation of its own refereeing committee that Tunisian referee Slim Jdidi’s second yellow card for Pitroipa for simulation in the final minutes of extra time in the semifinal against Ghana was wrong.

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