Outrage as ex-Arsenal star is booked for dive in controversial Afcon refereeing decision, leaving viewers in disbelief

Introduction to this article:
The Africa Cup of Nations saw a controversial incident in a match between the Ivory Coast and Senegal, as Nicolas Pepe was booked for diving after being taken out by the goalkeeper, leaving viewers in disbelief.

Pepe booked for diving

Habib Diallo put Senegal ahead after just four minutes, but the Ivorians pushed for a leveller. Despite Pepe being taken out by ex-Chelsea stopper Edouard Mendy, the on-field referee penalized the forward for diving and showed him a yellow card.

Disbelief among fans

The decision was overturned by VAR and Franck Kessie equalized from the spot, but fans were still in disbelief. Many expressed their frustration over the referee’s decision and the use of VAR in the incident.

Ahmed Asmar

Hello, I'm Ahmed Al-Asmar, a sports writer specializing in sports news. Over the years, I have dedicated myself to studying and following various sports, gaining valuable expertise in analyzing and presenting sporting events to readers in a clear and engaging manner.
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