Raja accuse ES Setif, Algerian security of assaults during Champions League clash

Ahram Online , Saturday 2 May 2015

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Raja president Mohamed Boudrika

Morocco's Raja president Mohamed Boudrika lashed out at his ES Setif counterpart  and Algerian authorities after violence broke out during Friday's Champions League clash between both sides. 

In a brief talk with Moroccan magazine Al-Mountakhab, Boudrika expressed his dismay at the way Raja were received in Algeria, saying that  he, the players and the fans were attacked by the Algerian security forces.

The Raja chairman also accused the directors of ES Setif of assaulting his men, reserving special criticism for president Hassan Hammar whom he said had "attacked everybody". 

It was a tense North African derby as Champions League holders ES Setif needed a win to seal their qualification for the last eight after a 2-2 draw in Casablanca two weeks earlier.

Raja scored a late equaliser to make it 2-2 and take the game to penalties where the hosts had the final say.

The action in the stands was even more intense as the Algerians, who are well known for being passionate, seemed to give a hard time to their neighbors.

Correspondents from Al-Mountakhab claim that the fans and security forces invaded their zone and kept on attacking them verbally and physically throughout the game.

They also echoed Boudrika's accusations, accusing ES Setif directors of inciting and participating in the violence that occurred during and after the game.

However, it is not clear if the Moroccans will file an official complaint with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) over those incidents.  
 

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