The Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Ivory Coast and Ethiopia ended in a frightening scene when the centre referee collapsed on the ground.
During their Afcon match on Tuesday, March 30, Ivory Coast led 3-1 after 80 minutes of play.
In the video, Ghanaian referee Charles Bulu is seen slowly walking towards the medical workers while being assisted by players before shutting his eyes and collapsing at 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.
However, the fourth official was unable to take charge for the remainder of the match because he is Ivorian – and could be accused of bias in the game.
After several discussions between officials and coaches, Kenyan assistant referee Gilbert Cheruiyot filled in as referee to oversee the final minutes of the match.
Watch the video below.
Referee Just Passed Out, Hope He is okay🙏
Ivory coast vs Ethiopia pic.twitter.com/aiFVZz4DMJ
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