Burkina Faso coach Paul Put slams referee Slim Jdidi of Tunisia for trying to deny his team the place in the 2013 Africa Cup final.
The Stallions qualified in dramatic style under a cloud of controversy winning 3-2 on post-match penalties following a 1-1 result against Ghana at the end of extra time at Mbombela Stadium.
The Tunisia referee denied Burkina Faso a penalty in the first half and disallowed an extra time goal before sending off star man Jonathan Petroipa for a second bookable offence in the 117th minute instead of awarding a penalty in his favour.
“I think the referee was the biggest star on the field,” Put said.
“I told the players at half time that we don’t need referees to win this game lets go out there and do it ourselves.
“We deserve to win and to qualify.”
Burkina Faso will play Nigeria in the final on Sunday at Soccer City in Soweto.
The final will be a repeat of the two team’s preliminary stage meeting in Group C that ended 1-1 at Mbombela.