The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has responded to instances of poor or unprofessional behavior by some local media members at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations.
CAF has issued a warning, stating that accreditation may be withdrawn from any journalist engaged in wild celebrations, abuse of fellow reporters, or any form of fighting.
Additionally, CAF has implemented a zero-tolerance policy regarding the use of drones, unauthorized filming inside stadiums, and live streaming from mixed zones.
When new rules were being explained to media personnel on Friday, CAF relayed: “There was someone dancing naked in the media tribune. We cannot have that.”
African football’s governing body said: “CAF has noted the escalating unbecoming and unprofessional behaviour of some ‘media practitioners’ in working spaces at the Africa Cup of Nations. CAF met with the Local Organising Committee and police to discuss the situation and find workable solutions. While we understand that we are all football fans and are passionate about our national teams, journalists are expected to observe professional standards.”
Journalists in the mixed zone verbally abused Ghana players after their 2-2 draw with Mozambique in the group stage. Additionally, manager Chris Hughton faced heckling during a press conference.
Similar behavior was observed towards the host nation Ivory Coast, and other games also experienced such problems.
The AFCON’s knockout rounds continue this weekend, with Nigeria and DR Congo already securing spots in the semi-finals after winning their last-eight ties on Friday. On Saturday evening, Ivory Coast will face Mali, while Cape Verde will compete against South Africa for the remaining semi-final places. The competition will conclude with the final on February 11.