Chairmen of Algeria's Setif, Morocco's Raja suspended by CAF after violence

Ahram Online , Tuesday 26 May 2015


The chairmen of Algerian side ES Setif and Morocco's Raja Casablanca were given a four-match suspension each by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) after violence broke out in a Champions League clash early this month.

Holders Setif qualified for the competition's group stage on penalty shootout following a 4-4 aggregate draw and a dramatic second leg in Algeria.

Raja chairman Mohamed Boudrika berated Setif counterpart Hassan Hammar, accusing him of assaulting the Moroccan side's players and said security forces had also beaten up the visiting supporters.

"ESS chairman Hamaar worked over my players and the technical staff after the first half. I can't understand what he did," Boudrika said at the time.

"We treated them very well when they came to Morocco, and after the match the Algerian police were aggressive with our fans and that left many injured and 10 of them.

"We will complain to Caf about what happened with us there. This is shameful on ESS."

CAF punished both men, with Boudrika and Hammar given a four-match ban and fined $5,000 each.

"President of RAJA came down the pitch and heavily contested referees decision. President of Setif came down to the pitch and insulted some members of RAJA delegation," CAF said in a statement after a meeting of its disciplinary board.

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