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Tunisian FA holds 'emergency meeting' after refereeing controversy in Ahly v Esperance

Ahram Online , Saturday 3 Nov 2018
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ES Tunis' coach Moine Chaabani (3rd-L) argues with officials during the CAF Champions League final football match between Egypt's Al-Ahly and Tunisia's ES Tunis at the Borg el-Arab stadium near the Mediterranean city of Alexandria on November 2, 2018 AFP
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The Tunisian Football Federation (FTF) said on Saturday it would hold an emergency meeting of its disciplinary committee following the refereeing controversy that engulfed Friday's African Champions League final first-leg between Esperance and Egypt's Ahly.

Ahly took a comfortable first-leg advantage after beating Esperance 3-1 at Alexandria's Borg El-Arab Stadium on Friday, thanks to two penalties from winger Walid Soliman and a goal from midfielder Amr El-Sulaya.

Youcef Belaili scored Esperance's only goal via another spot-kick in the second half.

Algerian referee Mehdi Abid Charef consulted the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) after awarding Ahly the two penalties. He stood by his original decisions on both occasions, to the dismay of Esperance players who thought the penalties were harsh.

"As a result of the incidents that occurred in the Champions League final first leg … Tunisian Football Federation President Wadii Jarii has called for an emergency meeting of the disciplinary committee on Saturday at 6:30 PM to take the appropriate measures," the FTF said in a statement on its official website.

The second leg will take place in Rades, Tunis on Friday.

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