Egypt’s Ahly lodge complaint with CAF over abuse of Sudan’s Al-Hilal

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Monday 20 Feb 2023

Egyptian club Ahly announced on Monday that they lodged a complaint with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) over the repeated abuse of Sudanese side Al-Hilal and its supporters.



The Cairo giants opened their campaign in the CAF Champions League group stage with a 1-0 loss to a convincing Al-Hilal of Sudan at Omdurman Stadium on Saturday.

Ahly said in its complaint to the African football governing body that the violations of the Sudanese counterpart that contradicts all the sports’ ethics and regulations continued before, during and also after the game.

“Durig Friday’s training session some of Al-Hilal fans invaded the pitch before throwing fireworks on our players amid the presence of CAF’s representative,” Ahly explained in the complaint.

“Also Al-Hilal allowed 1,000 supporters to attend the game despite the decision to play the match behind closed doors for security reasons. Also, they did not provide suitable and secured transportation for our team besides other problems in the hotel.”

“A member of Al-Hilal medical staff attacked our player Mohamed Abdel-Moneim with a medical tool before insisting on remaining on the pitch despite receiving a red card by the referee and finally tried to attack our keeper Mohamed El-Shennawy after the final whistle,” the complaint added.

Ahly also explained that the attending supporters verbally abused the head of Ahly delegation as well as the attending members of the Egyptian embassy before attacking the players during their departure after the game.

Ahly stressed on Monday that the violation from the Sudanese club was repeated on various previous occasions, including the pitch invasion during a game on 2 February 2020, putting Ahly players in danger. Ahly said that the management refused to complain at the time to keep the good relations between both clubs.

The ten-time African Champions Ahly finally asked CAF for quick action to ensure the success of the continental competitions.

Al-Hilal, who lost their first game in the group stage against Mamelodi Sundowns last week, now lie in second place in Group B ranking with three points after Saturday’s win.

Ahly are now third in the group’s ranking with no points with one game in hand. Their first-round game against Cameroon's Coton Sport was postponed due to their participation in the Club World Cup.

Ahly are scheduled to host Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa in the third round on Saturday.

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