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Tunisian football coach banned for two years after fight

AFP , Friday 19 Aug 2016
Faouzi Benzarti
Etoile du Sahel coach Faouzi Benzarti, pictured on December 20, 2013, has been suspended for two years after violent clashes during a game against rivals Esperance Tunis (AFP)
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The coach of Tunisian club Etoile du Sahel, Faouzi Benzarti, has been suspended for two years after violent clashes during a game against rivals Esperance Tunis, the Tunisian Football Federation announced on Friday.

A fight broke out around the hour mark during the match on Tuesday, with Benzarti and Esperance physio Yassine Ben Ahmed the main protagonists.

Police had to intervene to break up the touchline brawl.

Ben Ahmed has also been banned from football for two years, with both men receiving 20,000-dinar fines ($9,155).

Esperance won the Tunisian Cup quarter-final tie 1-0.

Violence is commonplace in football in the north African country, and in May four Stade Tunisien players were handed six-month jail terms for attacking an opponent during a top-flight match.

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