Algerian goalkeeper Faouzi Chaouchi was recently accused of assaulting the referee in a recent match for his club, MC Alger. They were defeated by USMA in the Algeria Cup and it is thought that Chaouchi took his frustration out on the referee for perceiving that the official had not been fair in the match.
The 29-year-old was given a two-year suspension from playing football by the Algerian football Federation, but his case has now been reviewed by the committee and the 29-year-old will miss only one year of football.
The second year of his suspension has been converted into a suspended one and he could face further punishment if he is once again found guilty of a similar mistake in the future. This is likely to help get his place back in the national team squad for the upcoming World Cup. Chaouchi has apologised for his mistake and says that he wants to behave properly in the future. Chaouchi has been a goalkeeper for Fennec Foxes since 2008. He has also featured for the national team in the last few major tournaments.
His crowning achievement will be the appearance in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, while he was also the main goalkeeper for Algeria at the 2010 African cup of nations. The country has been gifted with a wealth of goalkeepers, which would make Chaouchi’s bid to get back into the team very difficult. National team manager Vahid Halilhodzic has not spoken about the possibility of recalling him for this tournament in which Algeria have a great chance of reaching the knockout stages.
There have been grouped along with South Korea, Belgium, and Russia. Vahid Halilhodzic has already spoken about the group stages and he believes that it is a different group with all teams having sufficient chances for qualification.