AFCON reporters ‘dance bare’ and the press field turns right into a ‘pitched battle’

The organisers of AFCON have needed to crack down on some journalists masking the match after a collection of incidents – together with one reporter dancing bare.

On the pitch, the match has been thrilling with Nigeria and DR Congo making it to the semi-finals. However, off the pitch, issues have been much less orderly for the media.

A video went viral displaying an Ivorian reporter dancing shirtless after his residence aspect’s victory over Senegal. This incident, together with others involving scuffling reporters, led the Confederation of African Football to take motion.

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“There was someone dancing naked in the media tribune,” a CAF official stated. “We cannot have that.”

They then issued a press release condemning the reporters: “CAF has noted the escalating unbecoming and unprofessional behaviour of some ‘media practitioners’ in working spaces at the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations Cote d’Ivoire 2023.

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CAF have been pressured to challenge a strongly-worded assertion

“CAF met with the local organising committee and police to discuss the situation and find solutions. CAF has engaged a number of Organisations representing journalists and raised serious concerns on the behaviour of some ‘journalists’ in media tribunes, media centres and mixed zones.

“While we perceive that we’re all soccer followers and are captivated with our nationwide groups, journalists are anticipated to look at skilled requirements. Fans should not be within the media tribune there are many seats on the stadium for this.”

The statement continued, warning that any journalist guilty of “wild celebrations” or a confrontation with a colleague would be kicked out of the stadium. It also threatened to revoke the accreditation of those who have been live streaming matches and reiterated its policy on the use of drones.

Ivory Coast will play Mali on Saturday

“Between pitched battles, attacks, invectives, it is a distressing spectacle that certain colleagues have been delivering to the world since the start of AFCON,” the International Sports Press Association stated in a press release.

“The media workspaces [gallery, mixed zone, conference room] have been transformed into a boxing ring, or even simply transformed into a dance floor or performance zone hosted by media badge holders.”

The match rolls on with Mali going through off towards hosts Ivory Coast on Saturday afternoon, whereas Cape Verde and South Africa go head-to-head within the different quarter-final later. The victor of the Mali vs Ivory Coast match will problem DR Congo within the semi-final, whereas Nigeria is ready to compete within the different match.