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CAF suspend, fine Al Ahly coach over beIN Sports boycott


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Al Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry has been fined $10,000 and suspended for one game after boycotting a press conference in the CAF Champions League group stage.

The 57-year-old coach left the press conference of his side’s game against Wydad Casablanca due to the presence of the Qatari-owned channel in the room.

The Al Ahly coach eventually returned to the press conference but covered the beIN Sports microphone to “prevent the sound or pushing it away at other times”.

El-Badry’s actions comply with the club’s decision to “>boycott the Qatari network and ban its staff from entering their headquarters. This comes after Egypt and three other Arab countries announced in June cutting diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism.

According to the CAF statement, the coach, as well as players, refused to make an interview with beIN Sports after their match against Coton Sport.

“The coach did assist in the press conference at the end of the match but the players were not there,” the CAF statement read.

The CAF handed Al Ahly coach a $10,000 fine and suspended him for one match for “violating directives and guidelines related to media operations of the ongoing Total CAF Champions League.”

“The one-match ban is suspended on condition that El-Badry is not found guilty of a similar offence until the end of the competition,” the statement added.

The Red Devils had secured a spot in the CAF Champions League quarter-finals after claiming a 3-1 win over Coton Sport last week.

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