AFCON final referee was frustrated with Mo Salah and offered him his cards and whistle in response to complaints.
Following several protests by Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, the AFCON final referee put him in his place by amusingly presenting him his cards and whistle.
During the Africa Cup of Nations final on Sunday, referee Victor Gomes severely shut down Mohamed Salah.
Salah had a terrible evening, having only two attempts on goal in the entire contest.
Salah elicited a funny reaction from referee Gomes at one point, as he often questioned the judgments he was making.
Salah was in his ear again as the first half drew to a close, voicing his displeasure with a decision, and Gomes was visibly irritated up.
The South African official sarcastically tried to hand Salah his cards and his whistle, as if to say ‘would you like to ref the game, pal?’, following a series of complaints made by the Egyptian.
Since the fourth minute, when he objected to the referee’s decision to award Senegal an early penalty, the Liverpool man had been in the referee’s box.
Mohamed Abou Gabal, the Egyptian goalie, saved Sadio Mane’s penalty kick.
But persistent whinging, from both sides, didn’t let up and after half an hour Gomes was forced to put his foot down with Salah.
“That’s code for ‘Shut the f*** up’,” wrote on fan on social media.
“Fair play to the referee, Salah didn’t want any of that,” tweeted another.
“Nice one Victor Gomes for flying the South African flag,” a third wrote.
After 120 minutes of football failed to separate the two teams, the final was decided on penalties.
Senegal was crowned champions, with Mane scoring the game-winning penalty to avenge his previous miss and give his country its first ever Africa Cup of Nations victory.