VIDEO: Tunisian security clash with Moroccan U23 players
A clash between the Moroccan national team and Tunisian match officials erupted following the end of a qualifying match for the U23 African Cup of Nations on Saturday.
Tempers flared and quickly became violent in Tunis when Moroccan players confronted match officials over a controversial call which tilted Tunisia’s win late in the match.
After notching the winning aggregate goal in the 90th minute, Tunisian players took exception to a reckless tackle in stoppage time, which lead to a scrum as both benches cleared onto the pitch.
Players from both sides exchanged shoves as match officials scrambled to shut down the disruption late in the game.
During the scrum, a few Moroccan players confronted referee Mohamed Hamada about a call he made which set up the Carthage Eagles for the winning goal.
The incident quickly boiled over moments after the final whistle.
In the video, Moroccan players and stadium security exchanged punches, kicks and shoves while Tunisian players celebrated in the center of the outbreak.
Players and security also fought each other in the tunnel as police stood by.
The Tunisian Football Federation (FTF) said Moroccan players instigated the fight, which led to the brawl.
The Confederation of African Football did not say if it would take disciplinary action against the young Lions of the Atlas, and The Royal Moroccan Football Federation has not commented on the event.
The loss also eliminated the U23 Moroccan team from the 2016 Olympic games after losing 2-1 to the Carthage Eagles on aggregate. Morocco would have won a chance to move on in the tournament if the match went to a draw.
Tunisia will compete at the U-23 AFCON tournament in late November in hopes of making an appearance next summer in Rio De Janeiro.
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