CAF hit Esperance with fan ban ahead of Ahly test in CL semis

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Saturday 6 May 2023

Tunisian side Esperance have been hit with a four-match fan ban by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) after their disruptive behavior in the CAF Champions League quarterfinal game, the club announced early on Saturday.

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File Photo: Esperance supporters clash with riot police during the CAF Champions League quarter-final football match between Tunisia s Esperance Sportive de Tunis and Algeria s JS Kabylie at the Hammadi Agrebi Stadium in Rades on April 29, 2023. AFP


The ban means Esperance will be deprived from their fans when they host Egyptian giants Ahly in the first leg of the Champions League semi final on Friday.

On Monday, CAF strongly condemned the irresponsible behavior of some Eseperance supporters during the quarterfinal match between their team and rivals JSK of Algeria in Tunisia two days earlier, which caused a 40-minute delay to the second half.

“The CAF disciplinary committee imposed a four-match fan ban on the club while playing at home due to the incidents of the JSK game,” Esperance said in a statement via its official facebook page.

“The ban will be reduced to just two games on condition that there will be no abuses in the coming 12 months. If a similar behavior repeated during next year the on hold two-match fan ban will be applied automatically while the club will be prevented from playing in the same competition next season,” the statement added.

CAF also punished the Tunisia giants with a $300,000 fine according to the club statement.

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