CAF committee investigates Zamalek-Africain match riots

Eslam Omar, Sunday 3 Apr 2011

CAF source told Ahram Online an investigative committee will be formed to penalise the Egyptian side for violence against Tunisian players and referees

Zamalek v Club Africain

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) will form a committee to investigate and penalise the Egypt side for the riots that ensued when Zamalek fans descended on the Cairo stadium field to attack a referee and Tunisian players.

The violence made the round 32 match of the African Champion League between Egyptian Zamalek and Tunisian club Africain impossible to continue and the game was called off in stoppage time.

“The committee will be responsible for making penalty decisions,” a CAF source told Ahram Online.

Egypt's Prime Minister Essam Sharaf apologised to his Tunisian counterpart for the violence, asserting that he ordered the interior ministry to launch an investigation and called for a suspension of domestic football competitions during the ongoing unrest.

Football experts confirm that Zamalek still had the opportunity to earn the qualifying goal for the continental tournament within the last three minutes, which is when the fans descended on the field.

The White Knights are threatened by stiff penalties that will possibly include fines and a move to avoid Egyptian fans from attending matches by prohibiting their entry or, as in the case of Libya and Ivory Coast, not arranging for matches to be played on home soil.

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