Paris: Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure believes nobody cared about the Elephants being knocked out of the World Cup due to refereeing mistakes simply because they are African.
“I desperately wanted the referee to spot Samaras’s simulation,” he wrote in his weekly column in France Football, referring to Ivory Coast’s 1-2 defeat by Greece which sent them packing after the group phase.
Greece forward Georgios Samaras was awarded a controversial stoppage-time penalty which he converted. “Once again, the refereeing was not on our side. We had at least two penalties denied in our match against Japan,” Toure added.
“And this time, one is invented in the match against Greece. Of course, it does not upset anyone because we’re an African team.”
"Who really cares about the injustices of an African team! This mistake deprives us of something huge. It is a scandal that unfortunately does not seem to bother many people," he added. Ivory Coast were within 90 seconds of reaching the last 16, but a contentious decision by the referee enabled Samaras to rifle in the penalty to secure a win for Greece. (REUTERS)