Tunisian FA files complaint to CAF after Al Ahly v Esperance

Tunisian FA files complaint to CAF after Al Ahly v Esperance

Tunisian FA has filed an official complaint to CAF to protest ‘several incidents’ during the CAF Champions League final first leg between Egypt’s Al Ahly and Esperance Tunis of Tunisia on Saturday.

The game, which ended 3-1 in favour of the hosts Ahly, was overshadowed by controversial refereeing calls, specially the two penalties awarded to the Red Devils.

“There was discrimination between Al Ahly fans and our fans. In Egypt, Tunisians sat below stadium seating while Egyptians sat above them. That is against the rule,” the Tunisian FA’s communique read.

“The referee was not fair. The Egyptian media knew his name four days before the game. His performance was very bad and unjust.

“Also, security operatives at the Borg El Arab Stadium gave our team bus a bad reception, which was stopped for 15 minutes before the game. There were several incidents.

“We asked CAF to ban Azarou from playing in the return leg because of his immoral behavior.”

The Moroccan striker is seen in video replays of the game tearing his jersey to influence the referee in awarding the second penalty for Al Ahly.

Several reports on Sunday indicated that the referee of match Mahdy Ebead from Algeria has been banned by CAF.

Al Ahly board has requested protection for its players and fans in the return fixture in Rades, Tunisia on November 9 following threats from Tunisian fans on social media.

Ahly, the most successful team in the competition, are hoping to clinch a 9th title while Esperance want to celebrate their 100th anniversary with a 3rd CAF Champions League title.

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