French boxer Mourad Aliev sits in protest after Olympics disqualification

TOKYO — A French tremendous heavyweight boxer sat on the Olympic ring apron in protest for about an hour after he was disqualified from his quarterfinal bout due to an intentional head butt.

Mourad Aliev reacted with outrage when referee Andy Mustacchio disqualified him with 4 seconds left in the second spherical Sunday. The referee decided Aliev had deliberately used his head to conflict with British opponent Frazer Clarke, who had important cuts close to each of his eyes.

After the decision was introduced, Aliev sat down on the canvas simply outdoors the ropes and above the steps main right down to the sector flooring. He remained there unmoving, and French group officers got here as much as converse with him and introduced him water.

“This was my way of showing that the decision was so unfair,” Aliev mentioned by way of a translator. “I wanted to fight against all that injustice, and honestly today, also my teammates had unfair results. I trained my whole life for this, and I came into here, and because of one referee’s decision, I lost. It’s over.”

After greater than half-hour, boxing officers emerged and spoke with Aliev and the French group. Aliev left the apron, and everybody went contained in the Kokugikan Arena.

Mourad Aliev reacted with outrage when referee Andy Mustacchio disqualified him with four seconds left in the second round on August 1, 2021.
Mourad Aliev reacted with outrage when referee Andy Mustacchio disqualified him with 4 seconds left in the second spherical on August 1, 2021.
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About quarter-hour later, Aliev returned to the sector and resumed his protest in the identical spot for about 15 extra minutes. He lastly left for good, however not earlier than ripping the referee and the oversight of the short-term Boxing Task Force operating the Tokyo match.

“I would have won, but it had already been written that I was disqualified,” Aliev mentioned. “I prepared my whole life for this, so getting mad about this result is natural.”

Aliev and Clarke had been engaged in shut combating all through their two rounds, and Aliev did seem to lean into his punches zealously. Clarke, who clinched a medal with the win, thought the choice was honest.

“I felt there was a couple of heads going in there,” Clarke mentioned. “Whether it was intentional or not, that’s not for me to say. … I told (Aliev afterward) to calm down. You’re not thinking with your head. You’re thinking with your heart. I know it’s hard, but the best thing to do is go back to the changing room.”

Aliev protested vocally and emphatically instantly after the bout, yelling to the principally empty enviornment: “Everyone knows I won!” Aliev claimed he hadn’t been warned by the referee about his aggressive, headfirst combating earlier than his disqualification, though some ringside observers thought he had.


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Aliev refused Clarke’s makes an attempt to calm him in the ring. Aliev gained the primary spherical on three of the 5 judges’ scorecards in what was a detailed combat.

Aliev’s protest didn’t interrupt the match since his bout with Clarke was the ultimate combat of the afternoon session, which meant the subsequent bout wasn’t scheduled for greater than three hours.

France gained six boxing medals in Rio de Janeiro, however its gifted group has come up brief in a number of shut fights in Tokyo.

Lightweight Sofiane Oumiha was dissatisfied by a fast stoppage Saturday in his loss to Keyshawn Davis, who was declared the winner after staggering Oumiha with punches in the second spherical. Oumiha wasn’t knocked down and seemed to be able to combating on, however novice boxing referees are sometimes faster to cease fights than professional referees.

“We went so far, but we don’t think they wanted France to get a medal,” France head coach John Dovi mentioned. “It looks like every Olympiad there is something like that. I will quit the French team and stop coaching because of that. It’s very difficult.”

Mourad protested on the ring apron for nearly an hour before finally leaving the ring for good.
Mourad protested on the ring apron for almost an hour earlier than lastly leaving the ring for good.
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Aliev’s protest is simply the most recent chapter in the distasteful aspect story of Olympic boxing, which has been plagued for many years by a mixture of inconsistent officiating from often sketchy figures and poor sportsmanship from its shedding fighters.

The most well-known protest towards a judging determination occurred in 1988 in Seoul, when South Korean bantamweight Byun Jung-il refused to depart the ring after being penalized two factors for utilizing his head illegally. Byun stayed in the ring for over an hour, and Seoul officers finally turned out the lights.

The Tokyo Olympic boxing match is being run by a particular process power as an alternative of the International Boxing Association, which was suspended by the IOC in 2019.

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