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Mauritanian president may have ended boring soccer match

By Daniel Uria
Mauritanian president may have ended boring soccer match
The Mauritanian Super Cup championship game between Tevragh-Zeina and ACS Ksar was tied 1-1 and prematurely ended in the 63rd minute after President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz C was said to have grown frustrated with the pace of the game and ordered that it be sent to a tie-breaker early. File Photo by Monika Graff/UPI | License Photo

KSAR, Mauritania, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- A championship soccer match in Mauritania ended early, some say because the country's president deemed the game too boring.

Regulation of the Mauritanian Super Cup championship game prematurely ended in the 63rd minute after President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz reportedly sent the game to penalty shootouts.

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The match between FC Tevragh-Zeina and ACS Ksar was tied 1-1 when Aziz was said to have grown frustrated with the pace of the game and ordered that it be sent to a tie-breaker early.

Tevragh-Zenia was awarded the championship after the highly controversial decision to go to penalty kicks early.

As speculation began to swirl around the bizarre ending, Mauritanian soccer federation president Ahmed Ould Abderhamane denied Aziz's involvement in the decision in a written statement.

"I deny in the strongest terms the intervention of the president of the republic," he wrote. "The decision was made due to organisational issues in accordance with the presidents and the coaches of the two teams."

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