The Gabonese referee, Pierre Guislain Atchou, was ultimately not sanctioned by CAF, following numerous complaints against him.
Indeed, according to the site “Kick442.com”, no referee has been suspended since the start of AFCON 2023.
“After the 16 matches of the Total Energies Africa Cup of Nations underway in Ivory Coast, there was a lot of information on social networks indicating that certain referees were suspended,” said this site, which explains between other than “After each stage of the competition, referees are released.” These referees are not suspended.
This means that the referees who will no longer direct the matches of the 34th edition of the African Cup of Nations were not suspended but simply released after this stage of the competition like all the other stages.
It should also be noted that referees from countries that go far in the competition are also released.
It is useful to recall that several nations have filed an appeal against the referees for serious faults committed, like Algeria and Senegal against, in particular, the Gabonese referee, Pierre Guislain Atchou who, according to them, was the author of catastrophic refereeing and unfair decisions on doubtful situations, whether as main referee or as first person responsible for VAR.