CAF CL: Ismaily reinstated after winning appeal

CAF CL: Ismaily reinstated after winning appeal

Egyptian club Ismaily have won their appeal against a January 23 decision that saw them kicked out of the ongoing CAF Champions League.

CAF Appeals Committee overturned the initial ruling and cleared the club to continue the competition.

Ismaily were disqualified for aggressive fans behaviours, after their supporters threw rocks and water bottles on the assistant referee and away fans during the match against Club Africain of Tunisia, which eventually led to abandonment.

In its ruling, the Appeals Committee said Ismaily supporters did not invade the pitch or attack the players of the opposing team, which ‘are the only conditions to exclude a team from a competition.’

Ismaily thus return to Group C which has Constantine, TP Mazembe, Club Africain as members.

The Egyptians and CAF would have to make arrangements in order to catch up with the calendar which is already in the fourth round of the group stage.

Ismaily lost both matches of the first and second rounds, against TP Mazembe 2-0 and against CS Constantine 2-1. Both results were annulled.

Constantine lead the group with 6 points followed by Mazembe 3 pts.  Club Africain and Ismaily have no point.

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