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CAF suspends Zamalek duo, Ahly’s El-Shahat over Champions League final incidents

Zamalek was fined $10,000 for the behaviour of its players after losing the Champions League final against Ahly on 27 November

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Saturday 23 Jan 2021
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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced late on Friday suspending Zamalek’s striker Mostafa Mohamed and the club’s former striker Kabongo Kasongo alongside Ahly’s winger Hussein El-Shahat for four matches for each over the incidents that followed the Champions League final.

Ahly won a record-extending ninth Champions League title after defeating Cairo's arch-rivals Zamalek 2-1 in the final at Cairo International Stadium on 27 November.

CAF said in a statement on Friday that its Disciplinary Board met on 19 January and made the following decisions regarding the incidents that followed the game:

Mohamed and El-Shahat were found guilty of reciprocal kicks between them which generated a scrum between the rest of the staff and players of the two clubs.

The two were expelled by the referee and were automatically suspended for two matches.

The CAF's Disciplinary Board found the Congolese Kasongo guilty of assaulting a staff member from the opposing team at the end of the match.

Kasongo, who departed Zamalek directly after the final match, is therefore suspended for his next four CAF Interclubs matches.

Furthermore, Zamalek was fined $10,000 for the behaviour of its players.

Regarding the current edition of the CAF Confederation Cup, the Disciplinary Board also decided to suspend Arab Contractors player Ahmed Shimy for misbehaviour in the match against Tunisia’s E.S.S.

“Shimy spat at the referee and he was therefore expelled by the referee,” the CAF statement said.

“Regarding the letter of excuse submitted by the player to the board; Shimy will be suspended for his next six CAF interclubs matches. Nevertheless, the board decided to suspend four matches of the said suspension on condition that the player is not found guilty with a similar offence for the next 24 months,” the statement added.

Shimy was also fined $5,000 for his regrettable behaviour during the match in question, according to CAF.

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