Algerian FA president, Mohamed Raouraoua, petitions The Confederation of African Football (CAF) not to appoint Algerian referees in any Egyptian matches after Saturday’s riots during the African Champions League match between Zamalek and Tunisia’s Club Africain.
Thousands of Zamalek’s angry fans invaded the pitch during stoppage time in Cairo Stadium, attacking the Algerian referee and Tunis’ Club Africain players, as Zamalek was on the verge of elimination.
“Egyptian supporters are always tense towards Algerian referees, so I asked to exclude them from refereeing games in Egypt, whether for the clubs or national teams,” Raouraoua was quoted as saying by Algerian newspaper, Elkhabar on Tuesday.
“That tension was clear when the twins, Hossam and Ibrahim Hassan, severely attacked CAF for appointing an Algerian referee for the game,” he cited.
The Zamalek technical staff, headed by the twins, was accused by Algerian media of urging the clubs’ supporters to invade the pitch to attack the referee and the Tunisian players.
Egypt and Algeria have a history of soccer-related violence, which goes so far as to threaten their political relationship, especially after the riots that accompanied the two countries’ encounter in the 2010 World Cup qualifications in Cairo and Khartoum.