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Mauritanian President Denies He Ordered Cup Final to go to Penalties After 63 Minutes Because He Was Bored

Mauritanian President Denies He Ordered Cup Final to go to Penalties After 63 Minutes Because He Was Bored

In case you’re not exactly on top of your Mauritanian football, let us give you a quick recap.

Obviously you’ll have heard by now, but the country’s Super Cup final was played over the weekend with FC Tevragh-Zeina taking on ACS Ksar on Sunday, with Tevragh-Zeina eventually winning the prize after a tense penalty shoot-out.

It’s obviously not uncommon for cup finals to be decided on penalties, but usually, as least the way we know it, it happens after 120 minutes of action, rather than just 63 minutes.

But who can be bothered waiting that long for all the good stuff, right? Not Mauritanian president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz anyway.

Reports began to circulate on Monday that he had become so bored with what he was watching that he ordered the dramatic penalty shoot-out get started after just over an hour.

The pens did indeed get under-way well ahead of schedule, but the country’s FA’s head has denied it was anything to do with the president, saying: “I deny in the strongest terms the intervention of the President of the Republic.

“The decision was made due ​​to organisational issues in accordance with the presidents and the coaches of the two teams.”

Hmmm, sure. Glad that’s all cleared up.

We’re desperately hoping David Cameron tries something similar during this season’s FA Cup final.

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