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The Confederation of African Football [CAF] has punished 2020/21 Champions League winners – Al Ahly following their fans’ misconduct during their semifinal clash against Esperance Sportive de Tunis.

The Egyptian giants were found guilty as some of their supporters who attended the first leg game held in the Rades Olympic Stadium in Tunis lighted fireworks prior to the start of the game, leading to a confrontation with the police, which by its turn forced the officials to postpone the kick-off time for one hour.

The referees had to leave the field due to suffocation from the tear gas used by the police to control the situation.

In the match report, it was noted that Al Ahly fans had also taken part in lighting up the fireworks before the match-start whistle.

Below is the statement from CAF:

Incidents that occurred during match no. 135 E.S.T [Tunisia] vs. EL Ahly [Egypt] played in the Champions League semi-finals, CL 2021

FACTS

The officials of the aforementioned match indicated in their reports that there were clashes between the police and the EST club supporters in the stands and projectiles being thrown by the public on the pitch and at the police.

The police used tear gas, the gas submerged the stadium. Several police officers, players and photographers could not breathe, the players of the two teams and the referees could not in turn do their warm-ups.

Kick-off was delayed by one hour for the aforementioned reasons.

During the match there were projectiles thrown from the EST supporters on the field, and the use of smoke on several occasions by EST supporters, and only once by Al Ahly supporters watching the match from the boxes.

CAF officials also indicated that the public present at the stadium exceeds the 5,000 authorized by CAF.

CONSIDERING

– In terms of CAF Statutes and regulations

– In terms of Articles 82, 83.1, 83.2 and 151 of CAF Disciplinary Code

DECISION

CAF Disciplinary Board has decided to:

– Make E.S.T play their next four [4] CAF interclub matches behind closed doors. However, the board decided to suspend two [2] matches of the sanction in question provided that E.S.T is not guilty of such incidents for a period of 24 months. In the event that E.S.T commits a similar offense during this period, the two [2] suspended matches will be automatically imposed without prejudice to the other sanctions which may be imposed by CAF Disciplinary Board.

– Impose on E.S.T a financial sanction of $ 60,000 [Sixty Thousand US Dollars] for the aggressive and regrettable behavior of their spectators.

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